Ghosn reaffirms Renault-Nissan roadmap for autonomous driving

Nissan (Photo: Nissan)

Carlos Ghosn reaffirmed his commitment to have “a complete package of autonomous drive technologies” on Renault and Nissan vehicles by 2020, but repeated his expectation that driverless cars are at least a decade away. The Renault-Nissan CEO said, in a piece written for LinkedIn, that his two car brands will in 2018 introduce technology that […]

Bosch builds Genivi-based infotainment software for Renault-Nissan

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Robert Bosch is developing an infotainment system for Renault and its alliance partner Nissan, using software developed within the Genivi alliance. Genivi, an industry association committed to developing an open-source infotainment standard, said the new automotive software program will supply all Renault and Nissan vehicles. The Renault-Nissan alliance said in a press release that it […]

Delphi plans 3,500 mile autonomous drive

Delphi's planned autonomous drive is longer than similar journeys undertaken by Audi and Mercedes (Photo: Delphi)

Delphi is about to put its driverless technology to the test when it sends a test vehicle across the US on a 3,500 mile trip. The US automotive supplier said its test vehicle, which it showed at the international CES fair in January, will leave San Francisco on March 22 on its journey eastward. The […]

Ghosn says driverless cars at least 10 years away

Ghosn sees regulatory and cyber-security obstacles for driverless driving (Photo: Bloomberg)

It will be at least 10 years before fully autonomous cars will be sold on world markets, Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Monday. “We’ll be going from more simple to more complex forms of autonomous driving,” Ghosn told Bloomberg television. “At the end of the journey we may end up with driverless cars, […]

Former Renault executive Tavares to head PSA

Tavares succeed Patrick Pelata as COO of Renault in 2011 but left in 2013 (Photo;  Renault)

  Carlos Tavares will become CEO of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen sometime in 2014, the struggling French carmaker said late Monday. Tavares will join PSA’s management board on January 1 and will succeed Philippe Varin in the course of the year. PSA said the company had conducted an extensive search for a successor and had concluded that Tavares, […]

Nissan sets 2020 as target for range of autonomous vehicles

Nissan has already been testing autonomous vehicles in the US (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan said it will have available several “commercially viable” autonomous vehicles by 2020. Prices will be “realistic” and the company’s stated goal is  to have autonomous vehicles across its model range. It wants to achieve that in the course of two model generations. “I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, […]

Pelata sees need for automotive ethics leaders

Pelata says automakers are just beginning to introduce collaboration tools (Photo: Salesforce)

The car industry needs to address the privacy issues that are a necessary byproduct of automotive connectivity. But technology or more regulation won’t provide answers to the growing privacy questions, said Patrick Pelata, chief automotive officer of business software maker Salesforce. In an interview with automotiveIT, Pelata said privacy is so important that carmakers should […]

Better Place’s battery-switching model meets untimely end

A Renault Fluence Z.E. exits a Better Place battery switching station at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands (Photo: Better Place)

Better Place filed a motion to dissolve the company this weekend, having failed to build a commercially viable electric-vehicle battery switching infrastructure. The Israel-based company said that, despite several measures taken in recent months, it had not managed to raise additional funds needed to continue operations. Better Place also said it hadn’t succceeded in finding […]

Renault, Nissan open new advanced research center in Silicon Valley

The new r&d center will focus on autonomous driving (Photo: Nissan)

Renault and Nissan opened a new advanced research center that will specialize in autonomous driving and connected cars. The center, which is located in California’s Silicon Valley, will focus on three initial projects: the development of autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles that can tap into infrastructure and the internet, and research in the area of human […]

Daimler, Ford and Nissan plan fuel-cell vehicle by 2017

Daimler started leasing a Mercedes B-Class-based FCEV in 2010 (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler, Ford Motor and Nissan said they are planning to launch a mass-market fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) as early as 2017. The three automakers on Monday signed an agreement for the joint development of a fuel-cell system. The cooperation would speed up the introduction of the technology, significantly lower investment costs and help define global […]