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Group Renault trials its on-demand car service using the autonomous, electric and shared ZOE Cab
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GROUP RENAULT TRIALS ITS ON-DEMAND CAR SERVICE 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 experiences
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.
Specific and intuitive app to simplify bookings
The Marcel Saclay smartphone app, designed specifically for the ZOE Cab experiment, enables users to hail a car in real time or book it in advance, for which users need to indicate their departure point, destination and the number of passengers.
If needs be, the ZOE Cab can stop along the way to pick up another passenger for part of or the rest of the trip.
Depending on the location at the time of making the booking, the app directs the user to the nearest meeting point and provides an estimated time of arrival of the vehicle. Once in the car, the passenger can follow their trip via the app and know their ETA at the drop-off point.
The service is designed to fully cover the 12 pick-up and drop-off points, located close to the most frequented areas of the campus, without hindering any other road users.
On-board services for maximum passenger comfort
The ZOE Cabs are equipped with touch screens to assist passengers during their trip. The screens are private or shared depending on the vehicle model.
The on-board services offered include the following:
- ETA and real-time trip display.
- Notification of picking up extra passengers, if applicable.
- Temperature control.
- Touch screen brightness control.
- Music system. Depending on the ZOE Cab model, the music is played through the car speakers or through the headrest of the user who chose the music.