Making urban travel EZ-er
Renault’s EZ-GO vision of urban mobility previews shared usership and on-demand mobility in an autonomous EV.
Renault’s EZ-GO concept is a vision of the future of urban transport, shared electric driverless vehicle and station which provides the flexibility and comfort of individual transport with the efficiency and the safety provided by public transport.
Carrying up to six passengers simultaneously EZ-GO is an on-demand mobility solution intended to be part of a smart city ecosystem, which works through an instant-booking service from an app, or from in-town stations, depending on the preference of the operator.
The service may be operated by private or public organisations and can potentially operate 24/7.
Renault EZ-GO's trapeze-shaped design helps it fit into the city. It was designed to provide the widest possible field of vision for the autonomous system's sensors and for bringing in light from above through the glass panorama roof.
Renault EZ-GO has a vast glazed area curved outward on the sides and all along the roof, giving passengers an unobstructed view of their trip, opening right out onto the city.
Renault EZ-GO is built on a platform specifically designed for its electric motor, which is located on the rear axle to maximize interior comfort. The motor drives the rear wheels and the batteries are located under the floor.
When stopped, Renault EZ-GO has a low-profile silhouette. When on the move, the active suspension raises the vehicle by several centimetres, to go over speed bumps more easily for example.
Renault EZ-GO has a wireless induction battery charging system, for automatic connection without human intervention.
All the sensors required for autonomous driving (radars, lidars, ultrasound, cameras) are grouped in the removable antenna located on the roof's rear spoiler.
Once connected to its station, Renault EZ-GO features a large flat floor prolonging the ramp to help with boarding.
With no driver's seat, the long wheelbase and electric platform with underfloor batteries provide maximum cabin space for the passengers.
The seats are arranged as a U-shape sofa for a more welcoming setting. Hardwearing and warm materials are designed for intense and varied uses.
There is an all-glass roof above the passengers. When the light gets too strong, it automatically goes darker.
The large screen located in front of the door is for exchanging information between Renault EZ-GO and its passengers. Among others, it displays trip information: time to arrival, planned stops for getting off or on, etc.
Induction chargers are available for the passengers' smartphones.
Renault EZ-GO, what’s next?
EZ-GO is a vision of the future, but Renault is already in progress on several business-to-business and business-to-consumer scenarios for new mobility services. Groupe Renault plans to launch its ride-hailing robo-taxi commercial services by the end of the Drive The Future 2017-2022 strategic plan, in cooperation with the Alliance.
Drawing on a breadth of resources across the Alliance it aims to develop the technology building blocks required to deploy and operate such services in a variety of scenarios, working with ecosystem partners through an open innovation approach, involving large companies, start-ups and the public sector.