Hands-off Citroëns passes 60,000km barrier

Four Citroën C4 Picasso demonstrators have clocked 60,000km in hands-off mode on express roads in Europe.

Testing began in mid-2015, with the purpose of fine-tuning the various operating safety aspects of the systems and detecting any potentially hazardous situations in relation to infrastructure and other road users.

Data from the different test environments is helping to improve driving algorithms and on-board intelligence.

Meanwhile, the PSA Group has expanded its work on operating safety with the System-X and Vedecom research institutes. It is also working with the CTAG automotive technology centre of Galicia in Spain to validate interactions between drivers and self-driving cars.

A total of 10 self-driving cars developed by the PSA Group are being tested internally or by various partners. New requests for authorisation have been filed to broaden the number of trials on the open road and ensure that autonomous vehicles react appropriately in all circumstances.

In the next few weeks, the PSA Group will begin new ‘eyes off’ experiments with non-expert drivers under the supervision of test engineers to assess safety in real-life conditions.

As from 2018, the PSA Group will offer driver-monitored automated driving features and, as from 2020, will introduce completely autonomous driving features enabling the driver to give the car full control.