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Renault's EZ-GO envisions walk-on, walk-off urban EV mobility

10 March 2018, 12:52 | Nina Hammond

Renault’s EZ-GO accommodates up to six passengers in an open-concept car with panorama glass roof

Renault’s EZ-GO accommodates up to six passengers in an open-concept car with panorama glass roof

Previewed in a new EZ-Go concept at the Geneva motor show, Renault's driverless vehicle could take to the roads before the end of the next decade.

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

According to Renault, Ez-Go is the first of a whole range of concept cars that will be introduced throughout 2018. It can be used for a ride alone, or with a group of friends, or with your family, or shared with other users.

Following the autonomous Symbioz concept of 2017, the EZ-Go is essentially Renault's answer to the Volkswagen Sedric concept. "If I want you to jump in a Renault EZ-Go instead of a rival's alternative, I have to attract you with its design, so that's what you see here - our vision for future mobility".

The vehicle is built on a platform specifically designed for its electric motor, which is located on the rear axle with the batteries located under the floor.

The vehicle's electric powertrain is said to borrow technology from the wider alliance and is capable of wireless induction charging. A host of sensors (radars, lidars, ultrasound, and cameras) are grouped in the removable antenna located on the roof's rear spoiler, which is automatically deployed when the vehicle starts. The service may be operated by private or public organizations.

The EZ-GO is designed for use in urban transportation scenarios, getting people around smoothly while managing the driving itself.

Renault's EZ-GO Concept Wants To Autonomously Shuttle You And Your Friends Around Town

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

EZ-GO has Level 4 autonomous driving capability, meaning it's able to change lanes, turn at an intersection, and manage its distance from the vehicle in front of it. It can also move into a safe position if the system detects any issues.

Complete with Wi-Fi connectivity and smartphone charging devices, the interior also includes a screen set into the front of the door, which displays information about the journey.

"We designed Renault EZ-GO to be an iconic symbol for cities".

The EZ-GO features an electric powertrain that supplies power to the rear wheels, although the urban-oriented EZ-GO has a maximum speed of just 30 miles per hour. The station's screens show cultural and tourist information about the city and lets you book trips spanning several means of transport, and tickets to museums at your destination.

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 vehicle seller in the world), but also with a host of local partners in several global markets, selling on-demand mobility services.

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