December 2016 was marked with long-expected great news from French automobile manufacturer Renault. This time the car-maker expanded its influence in Asia by opening its first specialized area for testing self-driving vehicles on the territory of China. The city of Wuhan located in the central part of China was chosen as a perspective testing platform for the Nissan-Renault Alliance. The very place is located by a local lake, and the company’s developers and engineers will have an opportunity to test their autonomous cars on a road 2 km long.
This new location in Hubei Province of China will be the first Asian test zone of this kind for Renault. Moreover, the place is considered as an ecological area, so it will be a great deal for the Alliance to test its eco-friendly driverless cars right here. The car manufacturer and its Chinese partners will give an opportunity to local residents and visitors to experience all the advantages the tested car will have. Great contribution in this initiative has been made by the Chinese Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) that is jointly owned by the French car giant.
Like a number of other world-known car and IT companies, Renault has been working on developing a self-driving vehicle. It is the manufacturer’s firm belief that autonomous driving will be safer and much more enjoyable for car owners and passengers in the future. The driverless software will be capable to take decisions more precise according to the data shared by hardware units each driverless car will have.
To open the test zone, the three parties dealing with the venue concluded an agreement, according to which the French automobile maker shall provide the needed standards for construction, and the Chinese DRAC shall take responsibility for everything connected with technical support of the tested vehicles.