Dec. 2019 / Jan. 2020

FuturENERGY Digital N 66


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GROUP RENAULT TRIALS ITS ON-DEMAND CARSERVICE USING THE AUTONOMOUS, ELECTRIC AND SHARED ZOE CAB

From 14 October to 8 November 2019, around 100 people on the Paris-Saclay urban campus tested the on-demand car service offered by Groupe Renault as part of the “Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab” project. This daytime service provided by electric, shared and autonomous Renault ZOE Cab prototypes, allowed the selected users to move freely around the Paris-Saclay urban campus, enjoying every-day green mobility to get to one of the schools or laboratories on the campus, go for lunch or play sport.

Different Renault ZOE Cab prototypes for a wider range of experiencesDistintos prototipos de Renault ZOE Cab  para diversificar la experiencia

Two vehicles ran around the Paris-Saclay urban campus throughout the whole public trial period.

One ZOE Cab prototype equipped with the following:

  • A large size fore-wing door that spans the length of the ZOE’s interior, allowing immediate access to the front and rear seats;
  • A seat for the safety operator, cut-off from the rest of the interior, to transport the passengers into the experimental future of autonomous mobility with neither operator or driver on board;
  • Seats designed to create a private compartment for each passenger, fitted with individual screens, speakers and USB ports.

One ZOE Cab equipped with the following:

  • A larger rear door on the right-hand side for easier and safer car access, from the pavement side only.
  • A modified interior, with the front passenger seat facing backwards, so passengers ride face-to-face in line with the service’s car-sharing ethos.
  • Shared screens for all passengers to view and use on their trip.