Renault unveils futuristic self-driving car at Geneva Motor Show
GENEVA: French car maker Renault an electric and autonomous concept vehicle at Geneva Motor Show and the concept has been earning praises from industry insiders all over the world.
It’s cocoon-like styling maximizes the field of vision of the autonomous system’s sensors, and allow natural light through the panoramic glass roof.
The robo-vehicle’s height does not interfere with pedestrians’ view of the city
A first of its kind, Renault EZ-GO is both a vehicle and a service that allows people to hail a ride either from a fixed or mobile location.
“Ride-hailing and shared mobility services represent an important opportunity for Renault, especially in cities. Many have aging – or very young – populations, and people looking for new mobility solutions,” said Thierry Bolloré, Renault’s Chief Operating Officer.
A concept car for urban, shared mobility
A shared robo-vehicle and service which could be operated by private or public companies, is complementary to passenger cars and public transport options such as the metro or buses.
The company says EZ-GO was designed with individuals or small groups in mind.
“We designed Renault EZ-GO to be an iconic symbol for cities. This electric, autonomous concept explores the positive potential impact of shared mobility for all,” said Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s Senior Vice President Corporate Design.
EZ-GO has level 4 autonomous driving capability which means the vehicle is able to manage its distance from the vehicle in front, stay in lane, change lanes and turn all by itself at a junction.
It can also move into a safe position in cases of exceptional incidents in its vicinity, either by itself or through its connectivity with a monitoring center.
EZ-GO actively bolsters its users’ safety thanks to its limited speed (50 km/h – 30 mph), its wide front opening is safe and away from the road for passengers when getting in and out, and the light marking the ground outside to indicate where the platform will land.
Renault’s four-wheel steering technology, is also employed to impart agility and increased safety.
While EZ-GO represents a vision of the robo-vehicle of the future.