Renault’s EZ-GO is the first in a series of concept vehicles that will outline its future development of autonomous shared electric vehicles.
The company believes future car ownership will be replaced by these self-driving vehicles which can be booked or hailed via smartphone app.
Users will be able to enjoy the privacy of having their own car but also enjoy a hands-off travel experience.
Renault says this robo-vehicle can be used by everyone: people who can no longer drive, people who cannot drive yet or who are unable to drive.
EZ-GO represents Renault's vision of a future on-demand mobility service that would be suitable for any city.
By encouraging shared mobility, the brand expects that traffic flow will improve and the number of parking places needed will be reduced.
The vehicle has level 4 autonomous driving capability so it is able to manage its distance from the vehicle in front, stay in lane, change lanes and turn all by itself at a junction.
It can also move into a safe position in cases of exceptional incidents in its vicinity, either by itself or through its connectivity with a monitoring centre.
Speed is limited to 30MPH to maintain safety.
Renault EZ-GO is a vision of the future. The Group plans to launch its ride-hailing robo-taxi commercial services by the end of its Drive The Future 2017-2022 strategic plan.
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.