Rinspeed XchangE Concept – A driverless car with a unique cabin


Rinspeed, the Switzerland-based car manufacturer, will unveil at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the XchangE Concept. It envisions the cabin of an autonomous car.

“So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver. After all, traveling in a driverless car will no longer require me to stare at the road, but will let me spend my time in a more meaningful way”, said Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht.

The key question is: How does the interior of a vehicle has to be designed to let the now largely unburdened driver make optimal use of the time gained?

Well, the Swiss car manufacturer provides the answer with the Rinspeed XchangE Concept, a fully electric touring sedan. The vehicle features all-new seats reminiscent of the relaxing business-class seats of major airlines – with similarly elaborate functionality.

It uses a completely new operating and display concept with a host of innovative entertainment, safety and service functions. This makes it possible to work or relax in particular comfort while riding in the driverless car.

The steering wheel has been “parked” in the middle of the dashboard, courtesy of state-of-the-art “steer-by-wire” technology that can also be found on modern jet aircraft.

It is therefore no surprise that the smart automotive visionary with a wink negates the advertising slogan that has become part of the vernacular: “Not even flying is better!”

“I am given free time that I can use for myself anyway I please, while the sensor systems and the computer chauffeur me safely and reliably to my destination”, added Rinderknecht.

Via | Rinspeed