PSA Driverless Test Takes Tolls in Stride

Autonomous testing by PSA has seen one of its self-driving cars negotiate toll booths successfully.

Its tests, held in conjunction with the toll-road operator Vinci Autoroutes, saw an autonomously enabled Peugeot 3008 prototype drive, stop and start at toll gates on the A10 and A11 motorways between Dourdan and Ablis in France.

Carla Gohin, PSA’s chief technology officer, said: “This trial is an additional step towards the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Two years after the first trial, the aim was to include even more constraints in the use cases by strengthening communication between the autonomous vehicle and the road infrastructure in order to broaden the scope of the system’s action while ensuring safety.”

Pierre Coppey, chairman of Vinci Autoroutes added: “Smart motorway infrastructure is an essential asset in the development of autonomous vehicles. It enhances the contextual data shared with the navigation system to optimise the vehicle’s decision-making abilities and route.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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