Valeo demonstrates first fully autonomous car tested in Paris

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The first ever fully autonomous car to be tested on the busy streets of Paris has been demonstrated by French-based automotive supplier Valeo.

As part of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Tier 1 supplier presented its Valeo Drive4U vehicle, which has been equipped with ultrasonic sensors, cameras, laser scanners and radars already series produced by Valeo, as well as artificial intelligence, which the company describes as giving the car “a full?fledged digital brain”.

Valeo public testing

Valeo public testing

The modified Range Rover Evoque took to the complex and chaotic streets of the French capital city and was able to demonstrate its ability to use its sensor data to recognize road situations and handle everything from other road traffic, traffic lights, intersections, merging lanes and also cope with streets that had no lane markings.

A human driver was present during the demonstration in the event that control of the vehicle was necessary, however no human intervention occurred during its autonomous navigation.

The open-road debut of Valeo’s Drive4U vehicle was a showcase of the company’s series of new innovations for the autonomous age, which it will be supplying to auto makers.

Following the Paris Motor Show, the Drive4U vehicle will make its US debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January 2019.

By James Billington

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