Renault has revealed the Symbioz - a connected, autonomous and electric concept that integrates itself into the driver’s home when not in use.
The concept, revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, looks to the year 2030, while a ‘demo car’ - essentially a precursor to the concept’s introduction - is targeted for 2023.
The Symbioz - as the name suggests - connects to the driver’s home wirelessly and functions as an extra room when parked. Renault has demonstrated how the car can be integrated and elevated in the house to act as a small extra room.
When not in use, the car can return battery power to the house to smooth the waves in power demand that typical home usage creates and can serve as a back-up power supply in the event of a blackout.
The car can also plan ahead and adapt to the driver’s usage by syncing to their calendar; for example, if no long trips are planned in the coming days, it will not draw charge from the grid to allow the house to use as much as required. A small reservoir will be kept in the car’s battery in case of emergency.
In keeping with the industry’s Internet of Things trend, household appliances and functions can be controlled from the car. For example, if a long trip is planned, the car can instruct the house to close shutters and turn down the heating while you are away. Renault has also displayed a concept house as part of the Symbioz package, demonstrating how the relationship between the home and car will evolve.