The Symbioz demo car provides Renault with the opportunity to demonstrate in real-life conditions a car that is autonomous, electric and connected.
After unveiling a vision for 2030 with the Renault Symbioz, the concept car and house, at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017, the Symbioz demo car is the first rolling prototype built to be autonomous from the ground up, that gives us a more near-term experience to 2023.
The Symbioz demo car road tests provide Renault with the opportunity to demonstrate in real-life conditions a car that is autonomous, electric and connected, resulting in a whole new on-board experience and as much pleasure while driving as with hands off the steering wheel.
One of the goals of the Symbioz demo car is to enable Renault to make the transition from theory to practice, to allow its engineers and designers to address the many challenges and opportunities presented by autonomous driving.
Level 4 driving automation is currently not permitted under French road rules. However, France’s road authorities (and similar organisations in other countries) allow trials to take place if someone is travelling in the car and can supervise the autonomous drive mode. This person needs to be able to take back control of the vehicle at any time. The Symbioz demo car road tests will be conducted under these provisions.
The Symbioz demo car is powered by two all-electric motors that are located on the rear axle, with each motor driving one wheel. This rear-wheel drive system ensures that power is fed to the road more efficiently to enhance driving pleasure. The Symbioz demo car delivers a maximum power of 670bhp and 660Nm peak torque. This allows the car to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just six seconds.
Equipped with a 72kWh battery pack, the vehicle architecture can accommodate batteries with a capacity of up to 100kWh. The car’s batteries are charged via a cable plugged into a fast charging point with a continuous current power supply and can be charged to 80 percent of their capacity in less than half an hour.