What's both a car and a room?

Posted By : Alice Matthews
What's both a car and a room?

Lighting designers from global lighting company, Philips Lighting, have collaborated with automotive company Renault on a concept car and smart home unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (14th to 24th September). The Renault SYMBIOZ autonomous electric and connected car is not just a car. The Renault new concept car explores the future of mobility, interacting with its ecosystem. It is an extension of the home.

The vehicle's onboard digital technology makes it an interactive and personalised space, connecting its passengers to other cars, people and technologies in the smart home such as Philips connected LED lighting.

Parked in the smart home, SYMBIOZ doubles as a snug, mobile, comfortable and modular extra room. Its interior was inspired by the design of living rooms.

As an elegant open or closed environment, the car connects and interacts with all manner of devices and appliances in the home, making it an ideal space to work in or relax. Its operating system is shown interacting with and controlling the smart home lighting.

Philips Lighting collaborated with Renault on the concept. The house features Philips Hue in the lounge and kitchen, which automatically switches on before the car swings into the driveway. As Renault SYMBIOZ enters at ground level, the walls automatically light up in welcome, illuminated by Philips Luminous Surfaces.

The car then sits on a platform which elevates it to the living space or terrace. The home's centre-piece cylinder enclosing the platform is lit with 5,368 dynamic Philips Color Kinetics iW Flex LED light points that change their shade of white to illustrate the connectivity status between the car and home; for example when the car is charging or on standby.

"SYMBIOZ is truly a unique project that allowed us to work with our planners, designers and engineers, academics and architects, start-ups and sociologies to explore new boundaries in customer experience, technology and energy use and design harmony to form a complete experience. The shared vision with Philips Lighting, allows us by lighting, to strengthen the link between the house and the car," said Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design.

"This collaboration with Renault illustrates perfectly how our connected LED lighting is designed to interact with different platforms and devices to simplify and enhance people's lives," explained Pierre-Yves Panis, Chief Design Officer for Philips Lighting.

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Smart Mobility Executive Forum
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