(VIDEO) Rinspeed XchangE, the Tesla Model S becomes a first-class autonomous vehicle
A few weeks ago, Rinspeed announced a new demonstrator for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, here is the Rinspeed XchangE : a highly modified Tesla Model S!
Rinspeed wants to invent business class for car journeys as autonomous cars will not have drivers anymore but passengers! Its idea: an autonomous electric sedan premium and connected redefining the car’s interior to better use the time saved.
Specific seats are reminiscent of the best business class of aviation, reclining and swiveling with no fewer than 20 positions available.
A steering wheel with driver recognition and especially a steering column on rails to move the steering wheel in the center of the dashboard in the autonomous mode using the "steer by wire" technology, electric steering.
The entertainment system on board was designed by Harman (longtime partner of Rinspeed) with HTML5 technology (but apparently protected from hackers).
4 screens are available in the car, including a 32-inch that turns your car into a cinema.
To complete its luxury and comfort cocoon for privileged passengers Rinspeed chose a plexigals roof from Evonik which has no less than 358 individually controlled LED - "all the colors of the rainbow." And to put the final touch, the watchmaker Carl F. Bucherer placed its Patravi TravelTec in a transparent globe at the heart of the car.
This study of autonomous car will be world premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in March.