Renault To Test Self-Driving ZOE In China
OCT 8 2016 BY MARK KANE
Renault, which first presented its ZOE-based autonomous prototype NEXT TWO in 2013 (see CEO Carlos Ghosn test drive above), is now gearing-up for tests in China.
A fleet of “self-driving” ZOEs are be tested in city of Wuhan in November to demonstrate the technology.
Renault is second European automaker after Volvo, to announce they will be deeping R&D testing for autonomous cars in China – perhaps indicating a feeling the country will be more open to the tech’s advancement and adoption there.
“The test drive will be carried out on a 2 kilometer-long section of a lakeside road in Wuhan’s Caidian district, according to Dongfeng Renault Automobile Co., Renault’s joint venture.”
In 2014, Renault established a joint venture Dongfeng Renault Automobile Co., yet with Dongfeng on board, sales have yet to pick-up as the first eight months of the year resulted in only a 0.1% of market share (11,398 sales), with the ultimate goal of 3.5%
The JV currently only produces the Renault Kadjar, but will introduces the Renault Koleos crossover shortly. Perhaps part of the company’s plan for market penetration will also include autonomous cars.
source: Automotive News