Test a self-driving car… ok but in a Renault ZOE!

The city of Rouen has planned to put 5 self-driving vehicles on the open roads

In Spring 2018, a dial-a-ride transit service will be launched on an open road in the metropolis of Rouen. How will it work? Well, via a mobile application from their smartphone, users will be able to call one of the four Renault ZOE electric cars or a shuttle bus. The vehicles will drive along the open road route covering a distance of 10 km. Users will be picked-up by these sensor-equipped vehicles, and then transported to one of the 17 pre-planned drop-off points on the route.

A unique experience in Europe

It’s a European premiere. This initiative is funded by a partnership with 2 main sources:


  • The scheme is partly backed by public funding: The French government, the Metropolis Rouen Normandy, the Normandy region, the French Deposit and Loans fund – the Caisse des depôts
  • Other funding comes from private sources: Matmut, Transdev and Renault.


Finally, for all vehicles with a steering wheel, a co-pilot will be on board to take control if necessary. In fact, today French regulations do not permit driverless vehicles to drive on open roads.


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