Renault and Cloudmade build R-Link My Driving Partner aid
Issue Date: 2016-02-03

My Driving Partner is a new type of driving aid developed by Renault in collaboration with CloudMade, an innovative start-up offering complete solutions for connected, self-learning vehicles. The technology is designed to learn the individual driving habits and to follow up with customized advice to promote driving that is smoother and more relaxing. By signalling driver earlier than aids such as ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) or AEBS (Active Emergency Braking System), My Driving Partner offers an ingenious and personalized way to help the driver control the vehicle in a more optimal manner. The system is currently being evaluated on a fleet of Renault vehicles (ZOE, Clio and Captur) equipped with the R-Link 1 multimedia tablet.

A smart, intuitive in-car system

My Driving Partner records driving-related parameters such as acceleration, braking and steering wheel angle as well as environmental information such as traffic and weather. The system learns a driver's habits and keep track of notable occurrences.

My Driving Partner can be used in either "Companion" or "Challenge" mode. In each, the system provides feedback to the driver about his or her driving style. When the driver embarks on a journey that he or she has previously completed, My Driving Partner's algorithm is able to predict situations to warn of potential risks. In Challenge mode, the system rewards the 'best' driver with points for their overall driving style and the smooth handling of various situations and provides a total at the end of the trip.

Because all drivers have their own style and habits, the collected information becomes part of the cloud-based driver's profile. This feature is of particular interest when the same vehicle may be used by a number of different drivers such as company fleets, rental cars or vehicles shared among family members or when buying a new vehicle.

Everyday driving made smoother

Accidents occur more frequently during familiar journeys that are made several times a day or week. In France, for example, more than half of all accidents resulting in bodily injury happen on journeys of a distance of less than 20 kilometers. By learning a driver's habits and storing dangerous spots along the user's most frequently used routes, My Driving Partner can warn the driver of a risky situation and provide advice as he or she approaches the potential hazard. Ultimately, this technology could suggest an alternate safer route. The recorded driving data can be viewed online, a feature that can assist with managing the driving behaviors of groups. For instance, fleet managers can spot their best drivers and identify opportunities for others to improve their driving habits.

Although technologically advanced, My Driving Partner is easy to use thanks to its fun and intuitive interface.