The second step: communicating cars
With the development of mobile technologies, the convergence of in-car screens and smartphones continues to increase. The apps on one device are becoming controllable via the other, and vice-versa, be it for noting appointments in a GPS system, synchronising web radios, or a number of other tasks.
In the long term, the vehicle will ensure complete continuity with smartphones and tablets.
- Qeo will be used to dialogue with connected homes to control the heating, lock the doors or open the garage.
- The Easy Apps software platform will serve as a basis for publishers to design apps for locating service stations when fuel is running low, unlocking a rental car or a vehicle hired by telephone, and so on.
The “Smart Antenna”, a WiFi station built in to the roof of the car will comply with new connection requirements on production cars by 2019.
From assisted driving to autonomous driving
Following the automatic activation of headlamps or the starter, a host of other driving tasks are being added to lead to the emergence of an increasingly autonomous vehicle. Groupe PSA is channelling this momentum to draw up its roadmap.
“Hands-on” assisted driving by 2017
Starting in 2017, Groupe PSA will bring motorists “hands-on” assisted driving services for which drivers maintain control at all times. Thus equipped, intelligent cars will be able to activate the automatic braking and lane keeping functions while providing assistance in traffic jams on expressways and in parking manoeuvres – situations that often involve inattention or stress.
Driving assistance to reduce CO2 emissions
Driver comfort is not the only research focus in driving assistance technologies. CO2 Cruise Assist anticipates decelerations to inform the driver of the best moment to lift their feet off the pedal and thereby reduce CO2 emissions.
Autonomous driving: a “hands-free” future!
In 2015, Groupe PSA was the first car manufacturer to test autonomous vehicle prototypes on the open road in France. Group prototypes have since travelled over 50,000 km on roads in Europe. Currently, the Vienna Convention, which forms the basis for Europe’s highway codes, stipulates that drivers must maintain control of their vehicles at all times. Consequently, the free circulation of autonomous vehicles is not authorised. Together with other stakeholders, Groupe PSA is contributing to discussions on adapting this legal framework.
As early as 2018, the Group will market vehicles equipped with “driver-supervised” automated driving functions to relieve drivers in monotonous traffic jams on expressways (with Traffic Jam Assist) and in parking manoeuvres. Delegated driving increases safety in driving situations particularly susceptible to driver inattention and thus prevents the majority of accidents related to human error.
Dependability, a core focus in the development of our technologies, is vital to ensuring safety in all circumstances.
Starting in 2020, level-two (“hands-off”) and level-three (“eyes-off”) autonomous driving functions will enable drivers to fully delegate driving with no interaction on their part and in total safety, the idea being for them to devote their attention to other activities and more fully enjoy their journey time.
Man-machine interfaces for more seamless and reliable driving
With car-driver dialogue becoming more extensive and complex, the clarity of interfaces is a key factor in driving safety and pleasure. Touch interfaces have led to considerable advances, but with the risk of becoming overly complex. As such, Groupe PSA favours a “multi-modal” approach combining touch with the gaze, remote movements and voice. The i-Cockpit already constitutes a new driving position architecture with a tablet and a head-up instrument cluster so that drivers can read information without taking their eyes off the road. The Group is also carrying out tests on augmented reality, wherein a virtual image is superimposed on the view of the road to improve the driver’s perception of their environment