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all models soon limited to 180 km / h

Renault will limit the speed of all its new vehicles to 180 km / h to avoid accidents, announced the group’s general manager, Luca de Meo.

Small revolution at Renault. The French manufacturer has announced its intention to limit the speed of its new vehicles to 180 km / h and this for road safety reasons.

To “act” on the speed, which “represents more than a third of the causes of fatal accidents“, It” will be capped depending on the vehicle and will not exceed 180km / h, regardless of the Renault or Dacia model, “said Luca de Meo, CEO of the Renault group.

The leader, who presented his social and environmental “roadmap” to the group’s shareholders a few days ago, did not specify whether the 180 km / h rule would also be applied to the group’s sports brand, Alpine.

An intelligent regulator called “Safety coach”

The new electric Renault Mégane, whose launch is scheduled for 2022, will offer “a cruise control set by default: its speed will be capped at 160 kilometers / hour”, Luca de Meo clarified.

More broadly, “our vehicles will be equipped withan automatic regulator set by default which will adjust to the authorized speed, according to signs and geolocation data, ”said the director of Renault. The regulator, called ” Safety coach« , will also take into account dangerous turns and roundabouts.

The “Safety coach” can also “Take over” from the driver based on vehicle data, cross-referenced with weather or driver attention measurement. “If the sensors detect that the hands are no longer on the steering wheel, the vehicle will automatically go to safety”, De Meo explained, for example. The “Safety coach” will be gradually deployed on all of the group’s vehicles.

Renault in Volvo’s footsteps

With this measure, Renault is following the example of Volvo, which has been restraining its models since 2020. With the objective of “zero fatalities and zero injuries” in one of its new vehicles, the Scandinavian manufacturer now limits the maximum speed of all its cars to 180 km / h. A measure that could still be emulated among other car manufacturers …

Sources: AFP

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