A French autonomous car

January 13, 2012
Stahle robot driver

Robot driver (credit: IRSEEM/ESIGELEC and IFSTTAR)

French researchers have developed a self-driving vehicle, IEEE Spectrum Automaton reports.

IFSTTAR, a French R&D organization, and the Embedded Electronic Systems Research Institute at ESIGELEC, an engineering school in Rouen, are developing autonomous vehicle technologies to help test automotive safety systems.

The researchers modified a Renault Grand Espace by adding a “robot driver” to¬† control the exact trajectory, speed, and behavior of the vehicle and compare the performance of different safety systems.