Renault has joined the ranks of automakers displaying visions of an autonomous future, showcasing the Symbioz concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, presented not just as a future mode of transportation, but instead rethinking how the car of the future might integrate with the house of the future.
Rather than the usual turntable display stand, Renault has instead presented the Symbioz within the setting of a custom-built house designed to indicate how the electric autonomous concept might work as a contributing piece of furniture, capable of powering the home during blackouts, or to keep peak power bills down.
Renault’s executive vice president Thierry Bollore refers to the the Symbioz as “an interactive and personalized space that connects passengers to other cars, people and objects around them.”
“Looking to 2030 we imagine new scenarios with more efficient energy use, connectivity and autonomous driving scenarios that will improve how we live and travel.” He said.
With a full four-seater cabin the Symbioz concept is designed to be as functional as a traditional family car, but unlike any of Renault’s current offerings the Symbioz also features an airy transparent roof, the steering wheel can retract out of the way in autonomous mode, and the front seats can be swivelled towards the rears for ease of conversation.
Renault has yet to detail the specifics of the chassis or driveline capabilities of the Symbioz, but will have a demo vehicle ready before the end of the year, which will be capable of being operated under controlled circumstances.
The demo vehicle is a key part of Renault’s mid-term vision and will preview some of the technologies the brand plans to introduce before 2023.
While the Symbioz itself may not become an eventual part of the Renault range, the French automaker’s near future will very like include the kind of “Easy Drive” autonomous propulsion and “Easy Connect” connected services that are on display today.
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