If you’ve ever wondered what the autonomous cars designed to ferry super-rich vacationers might look like, wonder no longer; you’re looking at it. Renault’s new EZ-ULTIMO concept imagines what a self-driving luxury limo will look like in the future.
I’ll freely admit EZ-ULTIMO is a very silly name. Ignore its questionable moniker. It’s a pretty brilliant thing. And, as far as I can recall, it’s the first autonomous concept that was expressly designed never to be owned.
By that I mean Renault imagines the all-electric EZ-ULTIMO being utilized as a luxury barge for short-term hire — from a one-way to trip to a short round trip to a day-long excursion — as a part of a luxury travel company’s portfolio.
Imagine booking five-star travel to Paris. When you arrive, EZ-ULTIMO picks you up at the airport to take you to your hotel. Later, another EZ-ULTIMO arrives curbside at your hotel to shuttle you to the Louvre.
Renault brags the EZ-ULTIMO embodies French design as well as the brand’s ‘Easy Life’ principles. As such, exquisite materials from wood to marble to leather are generously used throughout the cabin, which can accommodate up to three occupants.
Renault doesn’t give any tech specs about the EZ-ULTIMO other than to say that it features Level 4 autonomous driving technology that can tap into urban environments and highway infrastructure. Likely, this means that the car will be limited to predetermined routes and not capable of taking riders out into the wilds of the French countryside.
I absolutely love everything about this car. It looks amazing on the outside. Its interior is incredible. And, as a mobility nerd, I am geeking out on the fact that Renault actually imagined a car that people would never own but really only interact with occasionally and as little as on a one-way trip. That’s the future. I am impressed Renault had the guts to go there.