Larger screen, adjustable cockpit, no B-pillar, facial recognition, and personalized interiors: everything on the Renault Scenic Vision has been designed for people to share in life experiences while boasting maximum comfort for all. This concept car has overhauled the on-board experience and embodies Renault’s values when it comes to the environment, safety, and inclusion. The unique interior means the car adapts to the driver and not the other way around. The design team of passionate women and men have worked on the car’s design with the ultimate ambition of creating an inclusive car adapted where accessibility, comfort, and safety are its guiding principles.
Eléonore, Racha and Vincent, members of the design team that developed Renault Scenic Vision under the leadership of Gilles Vidal and Sandeep Bhambra
For complete and reassuring visibility, the Renault Scenic Vision comes fitted with a very large screen located where the windshield meets the dashboard, as close as possible to the horizon line. The goal was to give the driver as much visibility as possible. It uses a camera array located at the front of the vehicle to display the car’s immediate environment. The system increases the driver's field of vision by 7°; in other words, it increases the size of the windscreen by 24% and gives the impression the bonnet has disappeared. Its position enhances the ergonomics of the car’s interior and improves safety by allowing the driver to always keep their eyes on the road. It can be divided into two distinct segments: one for the driver, in order to follow the navigation system and road information, and another for the passenger so they too can enjoy something just for them.
Sandeep BHAMBRA, Head of Concept Car Design and Advanced Design Renault
Thanks to an on-board facial recognition system, the car can identify each user and unlocks automatically as they approach the vehicle. The doors then open with a simple push of the tactile Renault logo located on the replacement B-pillar. The rear-hinged doors and lack of a true B-pillar provide great accessibility and underscore the design team’s approach to creating a safe and inclusive vehicle. We wanted to make a car that adapts to its occupants. The cockpit and seats move back so everyone has as much space and room to move as possible. They move back to their original positions while also adapting to driver’s body shape. The lateral support on the seats is built into the doors, thereby freeing up even more space for people to access the car’s interior.
Vincent TURPIN, Renault Interior Designer
Inside, the feeling of space and light is created through the use of shades of white. Black highlights are used for the structural elements to add to the vehicle’s intuitive design and make it user-friendly. Colour is brought into the car’s design through the implementation of an ingenious idea: dichroic surfaces. Fitted to the door panels and dashboard, they give off an array of colours when hit with direct light, all without using pigments. LED-lights are used throughout the interior to create a colourful atmosphere that adds to the feeling of on-board comfort. The front passenger’s door is fitted with a reading light for added comfort. Each headrest is also fitted with LEDs for more comfort and lighting. As for the steering wheel, it is very intuitive and easy to handle. A heart rate sensor is placed in the steering wheel to detect signs of driver fatigue. The centre console has been designed to be highly ergonomic. Smartphones can be placed either with the induction charger located at the base of the centre console or on the dock that has been added to the armrest.
Eléonore LEBEC, Renault Colour and Materials Designer
The Renault Scenic Vision is an invitation to live a unique experience to enjoy every moment with your family, spending time together in full comfort and enhanced safety. Driver and passengers alike each get to choose how they spend their time on board. In addition to the central screen, ten small, adaptable, intuitive, and configurable widget screens have been placed throughout the concept car’s interior, each serving a different purpose (music, navigation, temperature settings, heart rate…). Cameras mounted on the interior rear-view mirror detect where passengers are looking and direct the tiny screens towards those who wish to use the widget screens, for greater ergonomics and accessibility. Each seat is equipped with microphones and speakers to create a unique sound environment for each person and to ensure optimal communication on board as it can also amplify the voices of people speaking. No need to turn around to chat with other passengers, two cameras are used to show the back-seat passengers on the large central screen.
Racha ALJ-HAKIM, Leader in charge of Renault Design Objects