The Tornado Project: An Automated Driving Demonstration in Peri-Urban and Rural Areas Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2022

start page

  • 20

end page

  • 36


  • 4


  • 14

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1941-1197

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1390


  • This article presents the results of a two-week robot taxi service demonstration in peri-urban and rural areas. A fully robotized Renault Zoe was available for general public use in Rambouillet, France. The driving zone included several complex scenarios, such as a narrow two-way road, a tunnel where the lanes reduced from two to one, and roundabouts, enabling an evaluation of the vehicle's capabilities. The article describes the scientific and technical development of the car's perception, navigation, and control to carry out the experiment. The results indicate that even though the vehicle was able to autonomously navigate suburban areas and the countryside, technical challenges remain that limit the car's integration with the transport system.


  • Robotics and Industrial Informatics


  • laser radar; three-dimensional displays; cameras; urban areas; sensors; road traffic; robots; autonomous vehicles; rural areas mobile robots; road traffic; road vehicles; transportation peri-urban; rural areas; two-week robot taxi service demonstration; fully robotized; renault zoe; driving zone; scientific development; technical development; car; suburban areas; tornado project; automated driving demonstration; transport system