Tame the city jungle
Rinspeed adds a little garden under the windscreen for a calmer commute
SWITZERLAND’S maverick vehicle design studio Rinspeed has revealed more details about its Oasis autonomous concept that will appear at CES 2017 and the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January.
The visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht always pushes the boundaries when it comes to reimagining mobility and his “Oasis” car is no exception.
Rinderknecht said in a statement the self-driving electric vehicle aims to refute the notion of an urban jungle that requires SUVs to navigate.
His alternative is a fast small car that parks easily and even offers a mini garden behind the windshield.
In the statement, Rinderknecht said the self-driving Swiss vehicle is not a wallflower or strictly functional like the Google Car, but rather “next gen” — with a host of technical and visual treats inside. The concept car was again engineered by Swiss company 4erC and executed by Esoro.
Rinderknecht has lofty goals for the tiny car. The company believes it can be a literal oasis in the urban landscape, providing a peaceful space that passengers can enjoy because they don’t have to drive. Rinspeed also views the Oasis as a companion just like, it says, the Star Wars droid R2D2.
Like R2D2, the Oasis can spin around in place. The car does that with two in-wheel electric motors and a special steering mechanism.
Speaking of inside: the ultimate Oasis is the small garden with enough space for growing radishes or even little Bonsai trees.
The vehicle is equipped with Harman LIVS technologies (Life-Enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solutions connectivity system. In front of the relaxing seats is the large display with 5K resolution with voice- or gesture-control that curves around the top of the dashboard along with a folding steering wheel.
The system basically turns the Oasis into a personal assistant, allowing passengers to check on their friends via social media, reserve a table at a nearby restaurant, or make Skype calls for work.
These features can also be accessed outside the car using Harman’s cloud.
Rinspeed views the Oasis as more than just a personal car. The company believes it could also be used as a delivery vehicle, or even in both roles under some form of car-sharing scheme.
The Oasis will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2017 and then will be display at the Detroit Auto Show later that month.
It will also be on display in the Swiss national own front garden — at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
The Oasis aims to tame the urban jungle by making a small car with a garden accessed through the windscreen (inset). Fresh watercress, anyone?