On the Road to the Autonomous Car!

The Groupe PSA

= is deploying its AVA "Autonomous Vehicle for All" programme to build an autonomous car that is simple and intuitive, offering a driving experience that is safe and comfortable.

AVA « Autonomous Vehicle for All » Programme

The AVA programme brings together a range of driving assistance functions that will lead to the autonomous car.


The Group’s autonomous car will be built around these concepts:

  • easy-to-use technology for all: To accompany the driver with self-driving functions, the Groupe PSA designs interfaces that are simple to use and intuitive, so that drivers can interact comfortably with their cars, and are able to take the wheel at any time;


  • an offer for all: built of different degrees of autonomy to respond to customers’ different expectations;


  • a programme for all: deployed on the Groupe PSA’s three brands, Peugeot, Citroën and DS.



The AVA "Autonomous Vehicle for All" programme is deployed in several stages


Automation of Groupe PSA models is already in progress, as driving assistance functions are already available on several of the Group’s models:

  • the Peugeot 208, 308, 2008, Traveller and the new Peugeot 3008, the Citroën C4 Picasso, the C3 and the SpaceTourer in Europe;
  • the Peugeot 4008 and the Citroën C6 in China.

Some illustrations of the Level 1 functions (see “Did you know?” for the different automation levels)

  • the car adapts to the speed of the car in front of it, it maintains a safe distance and is able to stop automatically through the “cruise control with stop function”;
  • the car warns the driver in case of a possible accident using “collision risk alert”; if necessary the car can automatically brake using “automatic emergency braking”;
  • the car comes automatically back into lane should it go out of it using the “lane departure warning system”;
  • the car detects a parking space according to its size and commands the steering system to complete the parking manoeuvre using “Park Assist”.



Starting in 2018, automatic driving functions “under driver supervision” will be the second stage of the AVA “Autonomous Vehicle for All” programme. Certain Level 2 functions will be launched in the DS 7 CROSSBACK:

  • the car will manage its speed and control its trajectory itself. The “Connected Pilot” offers complete assistance on motorways;
  • the car parks itself without the driver having to intervene using the “Park Pilot“;
  • the onboard systems in the car can identify obstacles to offer augmented roadway visibility for night driving with “Night Vision“;
  • a camera in the car’s interior tracks the driver’s alertness using “Driver Attention Monitoring“.


Starting in 2020, autonomous driving functions will enable the driver to fully delegate the driving of the vehicle.

The Groupe PSA is also the first car manufacturer to have obtained authorisation in France to carry out tests in autonomous mode with “non-expert” drivers. These tests began in March 2017 with “typical” drivers who were able to test the Group’s autonomous cars.

Groupe PSA: First car manufacturer to carry out tests on autonomous cars in France

The Groupe PSA is the first to have tested the autonomous car on the open road in France starting in July 2015 and also on European roads.


Currently, the company has driven over 120,000 kilometres in autonomous mode (Levels 2, 3 and 4) on European motorways. (See “Did you know?” for an explanation of the different levels of automation)
Today, there are 15 prototypes that the Group and its partners operate.

These tests allow us to work on the operational security of our systems and to detect potentially dangerous situations linked to infrastructures and road users.

The safety and security of the system’s operations are at the heart of our concerns.

The different situations we encounter allow us to develop steering algorithms and onboard intelligence to guarantee that the Group’s autonomous cars behave safely on the road.


Automation in autonomous cars are classed into five levels

(OICA – Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs Automobiles, International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers – classification)


  • Level 1 “Hands-on”: driver assistance under driver supervision

  • Level 2 “Hands-on” or “Hands-off”: automated driving under driver supervision

  • Level 3 “Eyes-off”: automated driving in defined situations without driver supervisionwith driver taking the wheel if requested by the system

  • Level 4 “Mind-Off”: automated driving in defined situations without driver supervision without requiring the driver to take the wheel

  • Level 5 “Driverless”: automated driving without a driver