New Audi EV
Audi has confirmed that production of its e-tron Sportback, its second electric car, will start at its Brussels plant in 2019. The new model will be produced alongside the e-tron electric SUV, which launches next year. Audi plans to launch one EV a year from 2018.
Antwerp self-drive trials
A section of the Antwerp ring road between Borgerhout and Deurne is to be fitted with sensors that will allow trials of self-driving cars by 2019. The section of ring road will become a hub for testing autonomous vehicles, aimed at reducing traffic jams and accidents.
Other European hubs for testing autonomous driving are: Lyon in France; the Nurnberg to Munich motorway, Germany; Vigo, Spain; and the Rotterdam-The Hague conurbation in the Netherlands. All projects are financed jointly by public and private sectors.
Renault is to accelerate the development and testing of autonomous vehicles under a new joint venture with Oktal, a subsidiary of Sogeclair, a French aerospace and simulation company based in Toulouse, France.
The new venture will enable Renault and the Renault-Nissan Alliance to develop autonomous vehicle testing in a virtual environment, including through the Scaner software driving simulation software already used across Renault and Nissan and co-developed with Oktal.