Renault shares EZ-GO mobility vision at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Pablo Tucker
March 8, 2018

French carmaker Renault unveiled its new urban mobility concept, EZ-GO, in a world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland, which opens to the public March 8, 2018.

The Level 4 autonomous shuttle is created to accommodate up to six passengers, with glass all around to provide unobstructed views of the cityscape around them.

The Ez-Go's green credentials are being spruiked as many European cities grapple with growing air pollution and are looking to ban certain vehicles based on age or fuel type. Ingress and egress are enabled via a huge door opening from the front and top of the vehicle when it pulls up at what Renault envisions would be dedicated "bus stops" specifically for the EZ-GO.

However, the Ez-Go will need cities to develop with it and transform in to what it refers to as "smart cities" where connected vehicles interact with the surrounding environment.

While EZ-GO represents a vision of the robo-vehicle of the future, Groupe Renault's ambition is to bring new shared mobility solutions to market through a mix of auto sharing, carpooling, ride hailing and robo-vehicle services.

"At 5.2 meters (204.7 inches) long, 2.2 meters (86.6") wide, and 1.6 meters (63") tall - 1.8m/71" with the hatch open - the EZ-GO is a bit bigger than a MPV like Renault's own Espace or even than a larger, American-style minivan like the Toyota Sienna.

As a service, Ez-Go is able to operate around the clock, working as an alternative to auto ownership.

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

Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker said the concept "took direct influence from the black cabs of London and yellow taxis of New York" but attempts to evolve the formula into a more elegant form.

This means the vehicle is able to manage its distance from the vehicle in front, stay in lane, change lanes (e.g. when overtaking) and turn all by itself at a junction. Customers could choose how to use the auto, for example booking a guided discovery tour of the city.

To ensure passenger safety, the vehicle has a limited speed of 30 miles per hour.

The overall monovolume shape maximises the robo-vehicle's field of vision for the array on onboard autonomous sensors, but also provides some interesting passenger accommodation solutions.

The concept is part of Renault's ultimate aim to launch a ride-hailing service and robo-taxis by the end of 2023, with the firm hoping it will become a part of the smart city ecosystems that are now being developed.

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