Renault today took the wraps off its latest concept vehicle in Frankfurt, called Symbioz – a car that also doubles as an extension of a house when it’s done being a car.
Powered by a pair of electric motors producing 500 kW and 660 Nm of torque, the Symbioz concept is capable of sprinting from naught to 100 km/h in six seconds and has a 500 km range, thanks to the batteries that can be charged to 80 per cent in just 20 minutes.
The combination of the retracting dashboard, and pivoting front seats make it ideally suited to ‘Mind-off’ autonomous driving. In this mode, drivers can easily relax and chat, read a book or enjoy total access to their personal digital world. Additional personalisation technology allows automatic detection of passengers, customized seat settings, music streaming, and entertainment options.
Built in partnership with LG, Ubisoft, TomTom, IAV, Sanef and Devialet, the main highlight of the Symbioz is that it becomes an additional room of a house (static mode) when it is not moving (dynamic mode).
“The way we use our cars is changing. Already a car is more than just a way to get from one place to another. Full of technology, it’s becoming an interactive and personalized space that connects passengers to other cars, people and objects around them,” said Groupe Renault Executive Vice President and Chief Competitive Officer Thierry Bolloré.
Well, if at all this wacky concept actually becomes a reality in the future, it better come with an attached bathroom.