Renault Mobility Concept Improves Transit Experience For People With Disabilities

Renault Mobility Concept Improves Transit Experience For People With Disabilities
Automotive

The unique hatch door design of the autonomous EZ-GO makes getting in and out easy for anyone

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 14 march 2018

The autonomous mobility concepts we’ve seen so far have something familiar in common: traditional swing doors for getting in and out. Renault’s latest shared mobility concept, EZ-GO, breaks that convention with the aim of making it much easier to enter and exit the vehicle. It is a critical feature for passengers with a disability or limited movement. Renault’s idea to solve the problem is pretty ingenious.

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First some background on the concept: the EZ-GO is a driverless, robo-vehicle that can be used by everyone in city environments for commuting, running errands or sightseeing. The EZ-GO is electrically powered, generates zero-emissions and has a top speed limited to 30 mph (50 km/h) for safety. The trapezoid shaped profile of the vehicle keeps its height low and is less of a visual obstruction than a van or bus.

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The vehicle is designed to be essentially a glass cabin on wheels. The large windows let in light and offer panoramic views. A wraparound sofa can seat up to six people. There are integrated shelves to hold packages and bags of groceries as well as an induction pad for recharging mobile devices.

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EZ-GO’s most unique design feature is the single large hatch door and ramp that allows people to walk or roll in and out. The design eliminates what Renault refers to as any ‘gymnastics’ people would have to do. The position of the door in the front also eliminates the likelihood of people stepping out into traffic and creates a safer condition for cyclists and motorists.

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Renault sees the EZ-GO as a car and also a service. An EZ-GO could be hailed remotely through a mobile app or at a physical docking station. Renault designed the stations to blend in with urban surroundings and incorporate landscape planters, a bench seat and an EZ-GO hailing kiosk.

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Riders can book a specific trip or select from pre-programmed sightseeing routes around town. The screen can also show tourist information and cultural events with the ability to pre-purchase museum tickets directly from the dock.

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Riders in wheelchairs or small children in strollers can easily roll into the interior from the slightly raised platform of the dock.

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Renault is pitching the EZ-GO as an urban infrastructure amenity that could have a positive impact on cities. It is a now familiar list of benefits that other mobility concepts have proposed: less traffic, pollution and noise, plus improved access to transportation for drivers and non-drivers. What’s better about the EZ-GO is its designed for easy point-to-point use and not as an ownable product. The design evolved from what was best for the experience and not based on a specific brand language. Renault says this is the first member of a family of concept cars to be introduced throughout 2018.

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The autonomous mobility concepts we’ve seen so far have something familiar in common: traditional swing doors for getting in and out. Renault’s latest shared mobility concept, EZ-GO, breaks that convention with the aim of making it much easier to enter and exit the vehicle. It is a critical feature for passengers with a disability or limited movement. Renault’s idea to solve the problem is pretty ingenious.

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