French automobile company Renault revealed the EZ-GO, a driverless concept electric car that fits up to six people. The EZ-GO is envisioned to be accessible when needed through an app but additionally at permanent stations within a city.
Mobility is certainly a popular term nowadays. It pertains to ride hailing, carsharing, and carpooling. Furthermore, it refers to bikes, scooters, and a number of last-mile transportation systems meant to get folks to work each morning without needing to do any actual walking. In this sense, Renault’s EZ-GO is both a vehicle as well as a service. It can be a part of the smart city ecosystems which are being formulated by governments, municipalities as well as the private sector.
Although the EZ-GO is undoubtedly a concept car, with added emphasis on “concept,” it genuinely embraces that concept character and moves away from the realm of “normal” and into a completely different driving future which really appears rather nice, and perhaps even reasonable.
The massive area of glass on the sides is there for a good reason. Research made Renault suggest people are uncomfortable being in a closed automobile with people they don’t know. They really want those people outside to be able to see in and they also want to be able to see out. “When you are in our car, on the bench seat and beside a big window, it’s like you are on a park bench that’s somehow moving,” stated Stéphane Janin, Renault’s manager of concept cars.
The U-shaped bench is there for much the same reason. “For the shared pool mode, you might not always feel comfortable when you are in a normal car and passengers you don’t know are behind you,” Janin explains. “That’s why we decided to make this U-shape. People are more or less facing each other, so they can see everyone and say hello.”
Never exceeding beyond a speed of 50 km/h, the Renault EZ-GO is going to carry the passengers to their desired destination. Four-wheel-steering would enable it to be nimble, while its level 4 autonomous driving capability would allow it to keep distance from the motor vehicle in front, stay in its lane, change lanes if needed, and turn by itself at intersections.
The many sensors that it utilizes for autonomous driving – for instance radar, LiDAR, ultrasound and cameras – are placed in a detachable antenna situated on the back spoiler, which automatically deploys once the car starts.
The vehicle can transport up to six people, that would have an unobstructed 360-degree view out the windows and self-tinting glass roof during transit – a centrally-located display would furthermore supply them with info including points of interest, time remaining in their trip, or upcoming stops.
The driverless car symbolizes Renault’s vision of a future on-demand mobility service that might be an actual asset for just about any urban center, possibly even a identifiable style and design, symbolizing its viewpoint and dedication to supplying sustainable, efficient mobility for everybody.
The EZ-GO could have a beneficial effect on metropolitan areas. Along with encouraging shared mobility that naturally aids to improve traffic flow and decreases the amount of vehicle parking spots required, it can be respectful, noiseless and pollution-free, due to its zero-emission design, smart grid systems, and intelligent second-life battery use.
The company states that it plans to launch some sort of ride-hailing robo-taxi commercial service by the end of its current Drive The Future 2017-2022 strategic plan.