With the Paris motor show as its backdrop, French carmaker Renault has unveiled an all-new concept car, called the EZ-Ultimo. The third EZ concept car from the brand, the Ultimo is designed as an “individual mobile lounge” that aims to offer the luxury and comfort of an airline seat or even a hotel room, but one that’s fully-autonomous and (obviously) mobile.
“As consumer trends change and people are enjoying ride-hailing services more and more, a new paradigm for mobility will emerge. Embodying this revolution, EZ-Ultimo offers a unique luxurious experience aboard a robo-vehicle that can be adapted depending on the service provider. Inspired by contemporary architecture, and completely integrated in future smart cities, EZ-Ultimo will provide an exclusive experience for all. With autonomous, electric and connected cars, we are entering a new exciting era in automotive design.” – Laurens van Der Acker, Senior Vice President (Corporate Design) Groupe Renault
The Ultimo is a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, which means that you can entirely let the car do its thing. As a result, the cabin of the Ultimo has been designed to maximise space and enjoyment, as evident by the wide door opening and rotating seat that “welcomes” passengers. Glass facets on the upper part of the car offer privacy for passengers, as they enjoy the interior that’s been fitted with only the best materials like wood, marble, and leather.
Ultimo also aims to ‘enrich’ the lives of its passengers now that they’re not bogged down with the tedium of driving. As such, Renault has integrated a system called the Augmented Editorial Experience (AEX). According to them:
“AEX is a realist immersive experience which combines personalised premium content, multimedia experiences and mobility, so as to turn travel time into a learning experience for future EZ-Ultimo passengers.” – Groupe Renault
The EZ-Ultimo is very much an on-demand vehicle, and isn’t designed for private ownership. This is a part of Renault’s aim to provide mobility services in the future. The Ultimo is the third EZ concept car, joining the Go and Pro (former is a more pedestrian Uber-like vehicle and the latter a cargo-moving machine), and together form a trifecta of future mobility solutions. It also goes without saying that all three cars are all-electric, but specifics of the powertrain among other things have not yet been specified.
But if a Renault isn’t your thing, perhaps Mercedes-Benz’s Urbanetic to all this is a better fit, or perhaps you’d prefer the Scandinavian approach of Volvo’s 360c. That said, if you think Merc’s answer to future mobility is better, you might have faulty eyes…