Another survey told Renault that passengers feel more comfortable in a transparent vehicle. Unlike with private cars, people want to be seen in transit vehicles so that other passengers can't try anything funny. "When you are in our car, on the bench seat and beside a big window, it's like you are on a park bench that's somehow moving," noted Janin.
The automaker thinks the EZ-GO could accommodate sightseeing, evening parties and other activities besides ride-pooling. The semi-circular seats create a convivial atmosphere with lots of room to move, and the panoramic glass lets you see what's going on. "Because it's a super-transparent cabin, you can see everything outside and take pictures," said Janin. "So you could say, I don't want to go from A to B, and the service could take you on a 20- or 40-minute tour instead."
Where Uber calls itself "everyone's private driver," Renault sees EZ-GO as an affordable, more sociable service. We've designed it according to the needs of the cities," said Janin. "The idea is to use autonomous and EV tech to allow mobility for all."
As such, an EZ-GO-like service would provide more freedom to folks who can't afford to own a car or can't drive, including the young and elderly. It would also improve cities by reducing traffic, pollution and parking demand.