The Renault EZ-GO's lounge seating was great for in-car interviews, but many of the most interesting aspects of the project were left off the stand.
The giant front-opening door of the EZ-Go is meant to simplify entry, but creates as many new problems as it solves
At well over 5 meters long and 2 meters wide, the EZ-GO takes up a formidable amount of space on roads it's meant to help reduce traffic on
The "exterior communication" system of the EZ-GO follows the now common LED light bar concept
The intricately-designed wheels are beautifully crafted, but make little sense for a low-speed public transport device
The consistent form language and clever use of the Renault diamond pattern reinforce the brand throughout the prototype
The gaping jaws of the EZ-GO, ready to swallow 6 more passengers in its wraparound lounge-like interior
A lounge experience on wheels, but is it too intimate for a semi-public form of transportation?
Renault's own spokesperson showing the literal shortcomings of the EZ-GO's format
A car full of designers couldn't figure out how a passenger would get the car to go or stop. This subtle "go/exit" button on the ceiling by the coat hangers and reading lights is the answer.
Clever touches like coat hangers and floating structure show the care and attention of the designers put into the prototype
Seatbelts are present "for peace of mind", even though accidents "won't be possible", surely a confusing message for riders
Cork-lined induction chargers for phones are clever, but also leave devices vulnerable to theft or damage in a shared system.
It's both a taxi and tour of Paris in one. But having a single small screen so far away from passengers probably won't replace AR on smart devices for future sightseeing trips.
The "virtual pit stop" on Renault's stand showed that the company understands the impact of immersive experiences. It's shame that they weren't used with the EZ-GO concept.