Renault has unveiled an all-electric, autonomous concept car at the Frankfurt motor show that envisions how connected cars will integrate with smart homes in the year 2030.
Dubbed “SYMBIOZ”, and taking direct inspiration from both house and furniture design, the vehicle measures 4.70 metres long, 1.98 metre wide and 1.35 metre high.
A specially engineered lifting platform is able to raise the car from the ground floor to the bedroom or the rooftop terrace on the first floor of the architect-designed house. Taking on different functions according to the needs of occupants, the concept car thereby becomes a modular extra room providing added space and features for the home.
Parked on the roof, for example, it can be turned into a cubby room for relaxation, while enjoying a view of the outside; alternatively, in the bedroom, it can serve as a closed space for relaxation or work where people can seclude themselves from the rest of the household.
The car also features similar materials and interior furnishings to those used in the house and therefore remains stylistically in tandem with the home, regardless of its position or use.
“Renault SYMBIOZ shows how we may combine the car with the home. The car becomes a new mobile, multi-purpose living space for the whole family and can be used – open or closed – more fully, even when parked. But this spectacular work also operates in another important way. The car allows passengers to feel at home when travelling, thanks to the interior design,” says Stéphane Janin, head of concept car design at Renault.
“No longer can we think of car design in isolation from the ecosystem surrounding us, or from the evolution of major changes like electric energy use, connected and autonomous drive technologies that influence our lives as we move from place to place,” adds Renault design boss, Laurens van den Acker.
The accompanying house sits 21 metres long, seven metres high and eight metres wide, granting a total floorspace of around 120 square metres.
A throwback to the first modular prefabricated homes that were directly inspired by car design in the 1920s and 1930s, it was created specifically for Renault by Marchi Architectes, the 2008 winners of the Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes Paysagistes (NAJAP) Award from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.