Renault EZ-Go concept aims to 'reinvent the taxi'

Renault EZ-Go concept aims to 'reinvent the taxi'

Renault EZ-Go concept aims to 'reinvent the taxi'

This is how Renault sees the future of urban transport; it's called EZ-GO, and it is both a vehicle and a service.

According to Renault, EZ-GO is both a vehicle and a service. It can be used for a ride alone, or with a group of friends, or with your family, or shared with other users.

Ever since Louis Renault drove his first auto straight up the Rue Lepic, one of the steepest streets in Paris, to win a bet in 1898, the company he founded has had a direct interest in urban transport.

Following the autonomous Symbioz concept of 2017, the EZ-Go is essentially Renault's answer to the Volkswagen Sedric concept.

The on-demand vehicle can be requested via an instant-booking service app on your smartphones, in a similar manner to companies like Uber and Lyft, or through physical stations.

It's powered by a single electric motor driving the rear wheels, with all-wheel steering for maximum maneuverability and weighs about 1700kg including batteries. The vehicle's limited height ensures it doesn't spoil outside views of the city. The service may be operated by private or public organizations.

"The world's cities are growing but our transport infrastructure is lagging further and further behind", said Christian Ledoux, boss of mobility services at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, at a pre-launch event in Paris.

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The EZ-GO is designed for use in urban transportation scenarios, getting people around smoothly while managing the driving itself. Its benches are comfortable and made for lounging, without division between passengers; and its screens show useful information about the city.

A large screen located in front of the door provides information to occupants, including time to arrival and planned stops for picking up and dropping off passengers, as well as information about tourist destinations.

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. It can also move into a safe position if the system detects any issues.

It's also a connected vehicle, offering onboard Wi-Fi connectivity and induction charging for mobile devices.

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

EZ-GO will arrive, open its wide front door, lower its suspension and deploy its lighted ramp, before transporting passengers, at a top speed of 30 miles per hour (50 kmh), to their 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 auto seller in the world), but also with a host of local partners in several worldwide markets, selling on-demand mobility services.

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