Silicon Valley - Ask any motor industry expert and it’s only a matter of time before driverless cars hit the roads in great numbers, at least abroad, and yet there are as many challenges as there are ambitions, particularly when it comes to unusual and challenging driving scenarios.

However, Renault is now claiming a breakthrough with its new autonomous control system that it says can handle challenging driving scenarios as skillfully as a “professional test driver”.

Renault developed the system at its Open Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley, benchmarking and testing it against “best of the best” type human drivers.

Renault aims to be one of the first brands to offer widely available autonomous vehicles that do not require any human intervention, and sees its latest invention as a very important step along the way. In fact the company plans to launch 15 new cars with different levels of autonomous capability by 2022.

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