Renault EZ-Go Electric Autonomous Concept Is Funky, Fresh
Actually, it’s “an electric, autonomous, shared, ‘robo-vehicle’ concept.”
Renault is previewing the future of the personal and shared mobility in Geneva with the EZ-GO concept, an electric and autonomous robo-vehicle study. It’s not only a car, the French manufacturer explains, but also a service “that allows people to hail a ride either from a fixed or mobile location.”
The EZ-GO, an ideological successor of the Symbioz concept, is the first of a series of new studies from the brand focused on mobility services, which will be revealed this year. It can be operated by private or public companies, and is envisioned to be available through a mobile application or permanent stations.
We can’t say it’s a beautiful vehicle, but the design follows the vehicle’s function entirely. For example, the large glass areas are designed to maximize the field of vision of the autonomous system’s sensors and radars, while the panoramic glass roof provides natural light inside the cabin.
The concept has Level 4 autonomous technologies, which basically means it can manage its distance from the vehicle in front, stay in lane, change lanes and turn all by itself at a junction. Also, in case of an accident, the vehicle can move into a safe space either by itself or through its connectivity with a monitoring center.
“We designed Renault EZ-GO to be an iconic symbol for cities,” Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President Corporate Design at Renault, comments. “This electric, autonomous concept explores the positive potential impact of shared mobility for all. Visually appealing and integrated in the urban environment, it offers an unprecedented 360-degree ‘open window’ on the city and a convivial space for people to relax and enjoy the ride.”
Interestingly, Renault says the concept is only capable of reaching 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour), to actively bolster its users’ safety.