Monday, 23 July, 2018

Renault envisions a self-driving ride-share future with EZ-GO concept

2018 – EZ-GO 2018 – EZ-GO
Nellie Chapman | 08 March, 2018, 12:07

Renault is jumping on the personal and shared mobility future bandwagon at Geneva with this fully autonomous prototype, which is just as electric as is fully automated. According to Renault, it also combines the flexibility and comfort of individual transport with the efficiency and the safety provided by public transport. It can be operated by private or public companies, and is envisioned to be available through a mobile application or permanent stations.

These tree-lined stations are created to be integrated into the city, and include a screen that passengers can use to book their journeys.

A large screen located in front of the door provides information to occupants, including time to arrival and planned stops for picking up and dropping off passengers, as well as information about tourist destinations.

A lifting door that forms the front panel and ceiling of the auto opens upwards to reveal a lounge-like interior, which is arranged in a U-shaped configuration so that passengers are faced towards each other.

Wireless chargers are provided for passengers' smartphones and other electronic devices and each vehicle will have a Wi-fi connection as standard. The vehicle has a panoramic glass roof and is wheelchair accessible with a flat floor and boarding ramp.

Head of design Laurens van den Acker floated the prospect that the vehicle might one day become 'part of a city's calling card, like the yellow cabs in NY or the black cabs in London'.

2018 – EZ-GO
2018 – EZ-GO

"You can choose where you want to sit when booking".

EZ-GO will arrive, open its wide front door, lower its suspension and deploy its lighted ramp, before transporting passengers, at a top speed of 30 miles per hour (50 kmh), to their destination. Passengers enter via a hatch through the front, and the auto features lights to show where the ramp platform will land for easier access.

Outside, sounds are also emitted to signal the vehicle's presence to pedestrians and cyclists.

Renault's vision for the future promises mobility for all.

Groupe Renault plans to launch its ride-hailing robo-taxi commercial services by the end 2022, in cooperation with its Alliance members Nissan and Mitsubishi (currently the number one auto seller in the world), but also with a host of local partners in several worldwide markets, selling on-demand mobility services. And EZ-GO is not only a concept but a functioning auto!