BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France — Renault has introduced a new compact sport-utility vehicle/crossover (SUV/CUV), the Rafale, which was built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CMF-CD platform, the same platform which has spawned vehicles like the Renault Espace, Nissan Rogue and Mitsubishi Outlander.
Amongst all the features the French manufacturer is highlighting in the early media literature, which includes all-wheel drive and hybrid powertrain, are 32 active driver-assistance systems (ADAS) which the company divides into three segments: driving, safety and parking.
Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA), a system designed to automatically alert the drive if the vehicle’s speed exceeds the speed limit posted on roadside signs.
In addition, Safety Score and Safety Coach are there to provide added peace of mind for the driver.
Renault’s new-generation motorway and traffic assistant equates to Level 2 autonomous driving on all types of roads (no longer limited expressways). It does this by combining Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Keeping Assist and factors in geolocation data and specific maps enabling the car to adapt predictively to the road.
The Active Driver Assist system’s built-in technology to read traffic signs and warn the driver if they are driving over the speed limit (Over Speed Prevention, OSP) can also be used by itself. For extra peace of mind, the driver can also let OSP take over the car’s cruise control.
For full control over the Active Driver Assist system, a real-time model of the vehicle’s position in its lane, along with other people, cars and objects on the road, can be displayed on the dashboard.
- Driving: Cruise control / Adaptative Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go / Distance Warning (DW) / Around View Monitor (AVM, providing 3D, 360° vision) / Hill Start Assist (HSA)
- Safety: Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and Rear AEB, including cross-traffic warning / Blind Spot Warning (BSW) / Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) / Lane Departure Warning (LDW) / Lane Change Warning (LCW) / Driver Attention Alert (DAA) / Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
- Parking: Front, rear and side parking assistance, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) / Bird’s Eye View / Occupant Safe Exit Alert (OSE)
Unfortunately, further details on the 32 ADAS included in the new Renault Rafale have not been released. The BRAKE Report will continue to monitor further announcements concerning this new vehicle and its systems.