just a week Ago-was approved in our country a law that allowed the flow of autonomous vehicles. The DGT gave a step forward and turned to Spain in one of the few countries that has opted for the driving autonomous. In this short period of time, PSA Peugeot Citroën has achieved the necessary permissions to test on road its autonomous vehicle, which takes as a basis the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.
In this way become a pioneer, since this is the first ride in our country carried out by an autonomous vehicle without any intervention of the driver. This journey began yesterday at 8 in the morning in the Middle of Production that the brand has in Vigo and ended that same evening in the other Center of Production is located in Madrid, uniting these two plants in a very special way.
along the 599 miles tours for the open road, this unique Grand C4 Picasso has circulated by itself the speed and overtaking in function from the rest of vehicles, speed limits and infrastructure. But that’s not all, their technology allows you to also define the range and to detect obstacles, pedestrians and vehicles.
This same vehicle has already been completed last October 2, a route of 580 kilometres between Paris and Bordeaux so completely autonomous. For this purpose he uses the latest in technology. A satellite navigation system GPS defines the path and set parameters such as speed limits, while the radar front and rear 77 GHz as well as lasers and scanners collect data on the distance and speed of vehicles and the digital cameras report on the position of the other cars.
All that information is sent to the pbx guided electronic, the real brain that is responsible for managing autonomously the steering, acceleration and braking by controlling the steering wheel and pedals. Even if not we still can’t say that to circulate “without a driver”, since the legislation specifies that there has to be a human to monitor the functioning, although it is not necessary for you to take the controls.
the arrival of The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso to the Production Centre of PSA in Madrid, was a major challenge and met the expectations of the brand. With the intervention of the Vice-president of the Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, confirmed the bet on autonomous vehicles and meet some of the goals as “reduce accidents, traffic congestion and pollution.”
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, during the act of celebration
But what of truth we will see this technology on the street in the short term? According to the manufacturer from 2018 will be introduced in their automobiles functions that release drivers and driving fully autonomous will arrive after 2020. In 2018 it would fall into the first level of automation with technologies that would manage the vehicle in traffic jams or on motorways and dual carriageways, in addition to performing the maneuvers parking.
In 2020 has already reached the second level of automation that would allow us to drop the steering wheel and stop looking at the road. The brand is already working on other projects for the future as the “Traffic Jam Pilot”, which reaches the level 3 of automation, with the circulation as an autonomous stretches of dual carriageway or motorway to be congested, at speeds between 50 and 70 Km/h, with the driver’s attention.
the project “Highway Chauffeur”, which is still in the laboratory phase and that it would be able to take control of the vehicle on expressways in any circumstance, without the need of supervision standing on the part of the driver, although this should be alert to any requirement on the part of the vehicle.
is Also under investigation in the Communication, “Car to Car”, with the system STI G5, so the vehicles communicate with each other, exchanging data on the presence of pedestrians, cars, or other obstacles in the pathway. To finish it is starting to work on the interaction between the vehicle and the infrastructure in some regions of France, allowing to transmit the information to other cars and to the center of traffic management.
Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
From 22.250 euros
Now from 20.950 euros