If the future of vehicles is even half as beautiful as this, then we cannot wait! This elegant concept is the ‘Renault Project XY-2’, its designer recognized the societal change that autonomous sharing cars may introduce; where strangers meet and are accompanied on their journeys. So why can’t the vehicle have a secondary purpose, one which elevates it from being simply a mode of transport? Well Project XY-2 features a rather unique and unexpected secondary function… it has been designed to assist in the daunting dating process!
This has been achieved through a progressive meeting process; for the first section of the journey the passengers will find themselves on a blind-date and only able to communicate vocally through the partition that separates them. As the journey progresses, so does their date! Once they have been aquatinted with one another, their seats will slide backwards towards the rear of the vehicle where the partition has been removed and they will be introduced to each other properly!
Designer: Hawon Jang
Seldom do you come across a design that practically challenges everything you know about the category it belongs to. The Renault EZ-ultimo concept is that design. Sticking to the basics, the car comes with doors, wheels, seating, and the ability to transport you from A to B, but everything else about the EZ-ultimo is refreshing, and unfathomably beautiful.
Almost feeling like a palace on wheels, the EZ-ultimo is a magnificent melange of black and gold, and uses glass, mosaics, concentric patterns, and interiors that are more reminiscent of a luxury hotel than a luxury car… showing what one would consider to be clear architectural inspiration cues.
The interiors seat up to 3 people, and are designed to reflect French elegance and luxury. With wooden floors, leather upholstery, and even marblework (an automotive first, I believe), the car’s insides truly feel like a room. The seats come with a marble table running along the side, and an actual hanging lamp that illuminates the car’s insides. A latticed pattern along the sides (clearly an architectural detail) give you a grilled view of the outsides, as a glass mosaic on the outside translate to a carriage that looks almost like a gemstone on wheels. Speaking of which, even the wheels boast of ornamental detailing that simply captivates, even when still, giving the car the appearance of a carriage. The doors slide open like one too, allowing you to embark and disembark with flair.
Equipped with level 4 autonomous driving (which means you’ll need a driver on board), the EZ-ultimo is envisioned to cover a wide range of use cases… one of them being upscale ride-hailing because limousines are so last century!