Anton Andres / Renault | September 21, 2018 16:59
Renault EZ-Pro sees an autonomous, driverless future for vans
It's not just Mercedes-Benz who wants to see autonomous vans in the future. Renault has also jumped in the driverless van concept and has introduced the EZ-Pro, which aims to make delivering packages as fuss free as possible.
Renault says that as E-commerce continues to explode, consumers want immediate delivery and they believe that the EZ-Pro is a green, high-tech solution to that. It also eases costs, adds Renault, as it is powered by electricity. Renault has two body styles for the electric-powered autonomous van, one with seating for three on board and, the other, being a fully autonomous 'robo pod'.
The driverless pod resembles that of Mercedes-Benz's concept, meaning it does look like a metal briefcase on wheels. Looks aside, the square shape means all the space inside the autonomous van is all for cargo and parcel needs. Since there's no driver needed, the van has no windows, keeping packages safe from prying eyes.
As for the other van, at least two delivery personnel can climb on board but he or she doesn't have to necessarily drive as the vehicle is autonomous. However, they can override controls and can do so by activating a joystick. A little more angular than its driverless counterpart, there's a vast windshield for the occupants to see where they're going.
But regardless if there is anyone on board or not, both van concepts get to their destinations via preset locations for the day. With a focus on last-mile delivery, these vans aim to bring customer packages and parcels to their doorstep as quickly and as efficiently as possible. The on-board computer scans and analyzes for the fastest possible routes to make delivery times even quicker. It is also connected to the dispatcher's computer to allow tracking.