Renault lets cars pass toll gates autonomously

July 10, 2017 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
A cooperation between carmaker Groupe Renault and motorway operator Sanef is focusing on a particular aspect of automated driving: Passing tollgates without human interaction. In addition, the two companies plan to further develop V2X applications to increase overall traffic safety, especially the approach of vehicles to work zones.

In their collaboration, Groupe Renault and Sanef are using the connectivity from car to car and to infrastructure (V2X) developed in the framework of the European SCOOP project. This experimentation, taking place in France, with Renault Autonomous prototypes represents a first step, with the aim to extend cooperation to other countries. 

”Autonomous vehicles need premium infrastructures to be developed. That’s the reason why Groupe Renault and Sanef Group are working together on this worldwide innovation. Our goals in terms of road safety and road tech are converging”, said Edouard Fischer, chief technology officer at Sanef Group. A seemingly simple operation such as crossing a toll barrier or a road works zone, represents a major challenge for autonomous cars to provide continuous travel in eyes-off/hands-off mode.