Groupe PSA and AImotive today announced a partnership to test a Highway Pilot program based on AI-powered technology to deliver Level 4 (mind off) capabilities at highway cruising speeds up to 130 km/h.
The project will deploy AI based functionalities, including adaptive cruise control, fully automated lane change, autonomous take-over and collision avoidance. The objective of this technical cooperation is to demonstrate the potential of AI for future autonomous highway L4 functionality.
Groupe PSA and AImotive successfully executed the first phase of the Highway Pilot project in May 2017, installing the Budapest-based firm’s full stack hardware and software technology into a Citroën C4 Picasso. The car served as a demonstration for AI-based detection algorithms.
The second phase will focus on AI-powered L4 autonomous capabilities at highway cruising speeds up to 130 km/h. Groupe PSA and AImotive plan to evaluate the features on a span of 300 km dedicated French highway sections. Additionally, simulation software will be used to demonstrate the autonomous driving capabilities virtually, before moving into real-world testing. Thousands of potential driving scenarios on realistically modeled highway sections will be tested across simulated environmental conditions including weather, traffic and lighting.
“Testing Artificial Intelligence for future Level 4 (mind off) and Level 5 (driverless) autonomous vehicles is a priority for Groupe PSA, as these techniques are promising to handle complex situations such as a human driver would do. The collaboration with AImotive gives us the opportunity to make these experimentations in real life conditions,” said Carla Gohin, Senior Vice President, Head of Innovation at Groupe PSA.
“A highway pilot was the next step for AImotive, so our partnership with Groupe PSA is an important step toward bringing autonomous driving to market,” said AImotive founder and CEO Laszlo Kishonti. “As AImotive continues to move toward fully autonomous, L5 driving, delivering driver-assisted autonomous functionality is a necessary part of the process, will aid in overall improvement and, eventually, widespread adoption of self-driving.”
Preliminary tests of the AI-based functionalities have already taken place on a proving ground in Hungary. See footage here.