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A sneak preview of the future of mobility

16 October 2018

SYMBIOZ by Renault
Design as the answer to the challenges of the world of the future. This is an exact fit with the philosophy of Dutch Design Week (DDW) and it’s why Renault is a proud partner of this event.

A sneak preview of the future

Renault aims to take mobility to the next level by leading the way in electric engines and above all by developing mobility concepts for the world of tomorrow. During DDW, Renault will present the SYMBIOZ, a car that is seamlessly connected to an innovative home and fades the boundaries between living and mobility. Your home and automobile are connected with each other as a single ecosystem.

Renault presents a first at Ketelhuisplein during DDW; the SYMBIOZ is exhibited in combination with an innovative home for the first time in the Netherlands. The house adapts seemingly automatically to the user’s surroundings and needs. The car will be in clear view from the outside thanks to the large glass surfaces. The lower floor is transparent, while the second floor is more sheltered in order to give the residents greater privacy in the sleeping section.

The same materials, colours and shapes are used in both the car and the house. The car can be moved through the house using a lift. As a result, it can be used as part of the living room, bedroom or roof terrace where it can serve as an extra room.

© Renault

“Studies show that cars in urban areas are not in use 95% of the time. The Renault SYMBIOZ concept connects the car with the home. This places the car back in the centre of the family, with family members using it more intensively as a mobile, multifunctional living space.” Stéphane Janin – Director, Concept Cars Design

The name SYMBIOZ is derived from ‘symbiosis’: an Ancient Greek word for ´living together´. Renault is convinced that the car of the future will perform through permanent interaction with the environment, the infrastructure and the digital lifestyle of the passengers. The letter ‘Z’ refers to Z.E., the electric and hence emission-free drive technology featured in the Renault SYMBIOZ.

Travel like you’re at home

The car has two design anchors that cascade into each other. The top part is light with architectural influences and the lower part is smooth and sporty. The aim was to create a light,‘feng shui-style’ environment that feels like a big living room with lots of windows. The interior reinforces this feeling through the use of materials such as felt, marble and porcelain. The upholstery in the car has been custom designed by Dutch Design Awards winner Aleksandra Gaca and is also used on the couch in the house. When the car is in autonomous mode, everything that modern communications technology has to offer is possible.

The car and house energise each other

The SYMBIOZ is powered by electricity. The engine delivers 500 kW of power and has a maximum torque of 660 Nm. This means the car can reach a speed of 100 kilometres an hour in six seconds, while it has an action radius of more than 500 kilometres under real-life conditions. The house has been designed in such a way that the car is automatically charged. The 72-kWh battery pack can be charged to more than 80% in just 20 minutes. The unique thing about SYMBIOZ is it can give energy back to the house. This means the car also serves as a battery that is charged via solar panels during the day and supplies energy to the house after dark.

Completely connected

The latest technology enables the driver or resident to use the full range of online services both at home and on the go. There is heightened safety because the car is connected to the other vehicles and the infrastructure. As a result SYMBIOZ knows where there are traffic jams or where there has been an accident, and adjusts the speed or route accordingly.

‘En route’ to the future

The mobility of the future is electric, connected and autonomous. Consumers choose whether they want to drive themselves or be driven with or without a driver on board. They will travel in vehicles that are increasingly integrated into the infrastructure and in cities that are ‘smart’ due to the use of sensors, connectivity and a range of innovations that have been developed to make urban life more pleasant. Renault developed SYMBIOZ based on those specific ideas.