Electronics and Semiconductors

Self-driving Luxury Ride-hailing Concept Vehicle Lets You Lounge While You Ride

02 October 2018
The vehicle could be used as a pickup car at the airport or for traveling in luxury to a destination. Source: Renault.

Inside the EZ-ULTIMO is a large swivel chair and table to relax while the autonomous car takes you to a destination. Source: RenaultInside the EZ-ULTIMO is a large swivel chair and table to relax while the autonomous car takes you to a destination. Source: Renault

Last month, Groupe Renault introduced a robo-pod concept vehicle that was autonomous, electric and connected for numerous types of delivery.

Now, at the Paris Motor Show, Renault has unveiled a concept robo-vehicle for personal travel that is also autonomous, electric, connected and a shared mobility service.

The EZ-ULTIMO is a prototype vehicle that caters to people looking for an upper-scale ride-hailing experience where they can relax and lounge while they ride, Renault said.

“As consumer trends change and people are enjoying ride-hailing services more and more, a new paradigm for mobility will emerge,” said Laurens van den Acker, senior vice president of corporate design at Renault. “With autonomous, electric and connected cars, we are entering a new exciting era in automotive design.”

The concept vehicle is designed as a personal lounge with a door that opens automatically and with a seat on a swiveling slide for easy passenger access as well as a table that can be used as a work area or as a place to put other items such as food or drink.

The all-electric EZ-ULTIMO will be equipped with Level 4 autonomous driving technology, will be environmentally friendly and will be connected to infrastructures.

Renault said connected and autonomous cars will help bring about more on-board experiences, reinvent travel time and provide new multimedia experiences while driving that will help pass the time while waiting in traffic or on a long journey.

The EZ-ULTIMO is the third prototype in Renault’s concept vehicles including the shared mobility EZ-GO vehicles and the EZ-PRO last-mile delivery vehicle.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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