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French car manufacturer Renault has created a prototype called NEXT TWO that will be used as basis for the development of its next generation autonomous, connected vehicles.
With human error considered to be the leading cause of 90% of road accidents, autonomous driving and connected car technologies are seen as the next step towards enhancing automotive safety. By delegating driving to the car itself, the driver and other car occupants will experience a new form of mobility: the car will become a mobile office or lounge, with the driver and other occupants able to engage in video-conferencing, watch a movie or shop online.
For the Next Two cockpit, FAAR Industry provided a custom system control solution that connects the Infotainment Platform to the autonomous vehicle’s CAN and LIN buses. USB 2.0 to CAN and LIN interfaces from Kvaser assured data transfer from various sensors to an Infotainment industrial PC (temperature, air conditioning, steering wheel control commands). Our interfaces are also responsible for sharing information throughout the system and managing display parameters (such as brightness or power on). Specifically, Renault has used the Kvaser Leaf Light Rugged HS, Kvaser Leaf Professional LIN and Kvaser USBcan Professional HS/HS.
FAAR Industry implemented Kvaser’s Linux libraries to provide diagnostic capabilities for all components connected wired and wirelessly, and used its own EASY CAN software tool to send, record and analyse CAN data simply.
Based on the electric car Renault ZOE, the Next Two could be ready for mass production and large scale commercialization by 2020.
Watch the Next Two prototype presentation Video by Carlos Ghosn here