Autonomous Driving

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Waymo's autonomously driven Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan at a crosswalk

Vehicle automation is already a reality on today’s vehicles with increasing use of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and partially automated functions. Further evolution of these systems is being driven by the need for safety improvements and by customer expectations for even greater ADAS functionalities. Stellantis is committed to the continued development of autonomous driving technologies which will pave the way for the mobility of the future, leveraging on both its internal capabilities and decisive partnerships with tech leaders.

Stellantis launched the best Level 2 automation driving solutions and continues to address new progressive features. We also tested the potential of Level 3 autonomy driving nearly one million kilometers on public roads. The L3Pilot project in Europe carried out technical performance tests in different operational scenarios and tests with users (automated driving demonstration with a trip from Paris to Hamburg).

In addition, we are working on Level 3 and Level 4 solutions with technology partners such as BMW and Waymo. The Waymo collaboration, which began in 2016, includes development of an L4-ready Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan for the world’s first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service in Phoenix (Arizona, USA). Waymo is also working exclusively with Stellantis as their preferred partner on the development and testing of L4 autonomous light commercial vehicles. 

Stellantis and the L3Pilot Automated Driving Project

Stellantis and the L3Pilot Automated Driving Project

In October 2021, Stellantis presented the results of its contribution to the L3Pilot, one of the most important European projects in automated driving involving 34 partners ranging from suppliers, to research institutes, road authorities and OEMs. 
 

This four-year project focused on testing the viability of SAE Level 3 automated driving functions on public roads and data from the tests was used to evaluate the technical aspects, in addition to user acceptance, driving behavior and the impacts on traffic and safety. The functionality of the automated systems was tested under variable conditions in several European countries, including cross-border. Large scale projects of this type, involving multiple partners, are extremely important in helping ensure that autonomous technologies are safe and reliable before being introduced to the market.

The project involved a total of 70 cars equipped with automated driving functions at 14 pilot sites in seven countries and operated by 750 professional drivers experienced in SAE Level 3 functions. Those cars and drivers covered a total of 400,000 km on motorways (half in automated mode and half as a baseline) and 24,000 km in urban scenarios (22,200 km in automated mode and 1,800 km as a baseline).

Stellantis played the lead role in the piloting phase of the L3Pilot project which covered a broad spectrum of driving situations, including parking, overtaking on highways, driving through urban intersections and managing close distance scenarios. 

This tested automated driving functions such as: 

  • high-speed driving and automated lane changing (Motorway Chauffeur) 

  • low-speed driving on congested roads (Traffic Jam Chauffeur) 

  • parallel and cross-parking scenarios (Remote Parking) 

  • path memory for repetitive maneuvers in parking areas (Home Zone)

Building on the results of the L3Pilot, Stellantis will continue as a major contributor in the EU co-funded project, Hi-Drive. This four year project (2021-2025) will address a number of key challenges in deployment of greater levels of automated driving.

Six level

THE SIX LEVELS OF DRIVING AUTOMATION

No Automation

Zero autonomy. The driver performs all driving tasks.

Driver Assistance

Vehicle is controlled by the driver but driving assist features may be included in the vehicle design.

Partial Automation

Vehicle has combined automated functions, like acceleration and steering, but the driver must remain engaged with the driving task and monitor the environment at all times.

Conditional Automation

Driver is a necessity but is not required to monitor the environment. The driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle at all times with notice.

High Automation

The vehicle is capable of performing all driving functions under certain conditions. The driver may have the option to control the vehicle.

Full Automation

The vehicle is capable of performing all driving functions under all conditions. The driver may have the option to control the vehicle.