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April 9, 2019

PSA starts level 3 AV testing in France

PSA says it is continuing its autonomous driving trial runs, with the Group’s vehicles equipped with level 3 autonomous driving functions operating on open roads in France as part of the European L3Pilot project.

By Rhodri Morgan

PSA says it is continuing its autonomous driving trial runs, with the Group’s vehicles equipped with level 3 autonomous driving functions operating on open roads in France as part of the European L3Pilot project.

For the duration of the project, six to eight Group vehicles will undergo intensive driving tests to validate autonomous functions on dual carriageways.

The aim of the L3Pilot project is to test and validate autonomous driving as an efficient and safe means of transport. Tests will all be conducted on open roads in several European countries. They will assess technical aspects, driving behaviour, user acceptance, impact on traffic and safety in various driving conditions (urban environments, roads and motorways).

The four-year European project launched in 2017 has an overall budget of EUR68m (US$77m), half of which is funded by the European Commission.

With its Autonomous Vehicle for All (AVA) programme, the Group is gradually bringing autonomous driving functions to the market.

Level 2 functions are already available on the DS 7 Crossback, DS 3 Crossback and Peugeot 508 and 508 SW vehicles.

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