Renault EZ-Pod, the small city-autonomous EV
As the micro-mobility landscape undergoes a sea change, Groupe Renault unveils EZ-Pod, an exploratory electric and autonomous vehicle for on-demand travel over short distances.
Designed for people transportation or good delivery, Renault EZ-Pod maximizes usage relative to the space it takes-up (3 m2). There are a host of applications where the EZ-Pod’s agility makes it ideal. Where a shuttle runs along pre-defined routes, several pods can be combined to pick up travellers and bring them to their destination. Because pods are small and drive slowly, they are less obtrusive in a crowded urban environment – making these robo-vehicles flexible in use and socially acceptable.
With the EZ-Pod’s limited speed, compact design, and agility, it can provide transportation within pedestrianized environments like airports, car parks and shopping centres, where it will be trialled in dedicated zones.
In the future, the Renault EZ-Pop could be authorized to drive on some pedestrian streets, or to advance – at very low speeds – right up to the entrance of buildings and houses to drop off people with limited mobility. Another possible use would be as a follower-pod for a “follow me”-type delivery application.
EZ-Pop is fitted with one camera and one Lidar on the front to scan the scene ahead, plus short and long-range radars located behind the car’s shiny black front and rear trim. Finally, there are two antennas and a GPS in the roof, for real-time position tracking and connectivity.