To improve safety on board its vehicles, the Renault group announced a whole host of measures at the general meeting of shareholders on April 23. If the French group has not set a specific goal like Volvo, which no longer wants any death or serious injury in its cars, it imitates in any case on one point by limiting the maximum speed of future models. What the Swedish manufacturer has been doing since 2020.
180 km / h max for all Renault and Dacia
« The speed of our vehicles will be capped and will not exceed 180 km / h, whatever the Renault or Dacia model “Announced Luca de Meo, CEO of the Renault group, who assures us that” speed is the cause of more than a third of fatal accidents ». The Alpine brand was not mentioned by name during the meeting and should therefore not be impacted by these announcements.
Automatic cruise control
In addition, the leader indicated that the vehicles would now be equipped ” an automatic cruise control set by default which will adjust to the authorized speed according to the signs and geolocation data ».
The electric Mégane, whose launch is scheduled for 2022, “ will offer a cruise control set by default: its speed will be capped at 160 km / h », Clarified Luca de Meo. The regulator, called ” Safety coach », Will also take into account dangerous bends, roundabouts and the weather. « Offered in partnership with insurers, the ‘Safety coach’ will encourage safer driving », Underlined the general manager of Renault, and therefore to change the prices in favor of the most legitimate motorists.
Ensure the safety of occupants at all times
The driver’s attention will also be monitored. ” If the sensors detect that the hands are no longer on the steering wheel, the vehicle will automatically go to safety », Underlined Luca De Meo. This function was called “Safe guardian”. Finally, a function called “Safety score” will help analyze driving data using sensors placed on the vehicle.. In particular, it will allow « a detailed analysis of driving habits to identify deviations and overtaking of the driver »Said the boss of the Renault group.
Finally, from 2022, Renault will introduce a “Rescue Code” in the form of a “QR code” which will facilitate the work of the emergency services by indicating the place of the batteries in particular. This function will be extended to the entire range in Europe from 2022.