Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, Renault's EZ-GO concept is a 'robo-vehicle' - a shared, electric, driverless vehicle.
This article is an extract of an article published by Martin Hislop on Designboom, March 2018.
Renault’s EZ-GO is both a vehicle and a service. It becomes part of the smart city ecosystems that are being developed by governments, municipalities and the private sector. Its modular platform allows other possible uses. The concept provides an on-demand mobility solution for all. It 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. It can potentially operate 24/7 and it supplements car ownership and mass transit such as subways and busses. It combines the flexibility and comfort of individual transport with the efficiency and the safety provided by public transport.
The driverless car represents the french-automaker’s vision of a future on-demand mobility service that would be a genuine asset for any city, potentially even a recognizable design, representing its philosophy and commitment to providing sustainable, efficient mobility for everyone. Over and above this aspect, EZ-GO’s functional aspects give it a dual role in cities.
First, it simplifies travel for everyone, either as a stand-alone means of transport or as part of a multi-transport framework. door-to-door or to/from a station. It will be affordable because it is a shared service. Making trips easier for users will help reduce stress and provide new personal and professional choices. Leisure and work activities will take the place of driving for the users.
Next, the driverless car has a positive impact on cities. in addition to encouraging shared mobility that by nature helps improve traffic flow and reduces the number of parking places needed, it is respectful, silent and pollution-free, thanks to its zero-emission design, smart grid systems, and intelligent second-life battery use.
Its trapeze shape, its limited height and large glazed surfaces make it a genuine window onto the city, less obvious than a conventional bus or shuttle. Its shallow angle makes it easy for people to get in with a suitcase on wheels, a stroller, a wheelchair, or on crutches. Its benches are comfortable and made for lounging, without division between passengers; and its screens show useful information about the city that helps everyone, even those who don’t use the car.
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