As tecchnology continues to barrel its way into just about every sector you can think of, it’s leading to some serious evolution in the auto industry.
Or is that revolution?
Cars are no longer just hunks of metal, equipped with your basic electronics. They’re becoming increasingly intelligent, connected machines that allow people to interact with the vehicle and do more.
We’ve talked here many times before about the work being done in driverless car technology and connected cars. And the recent Geneva Motor Show highlighted some of the latest technologies, designs and prototypes.
Including one company with a car that represents the future of transportation, according to its Founder and CEO, Frank Rinderknecht…
Driving? That’s So Last Year
In Geneva, Swiss concept car firm, Rinspeed, unveiled its latest prototype car. It’s called the XchangE – and joins the growing list of automakers’ driverless car designs.
Classed as a luxury vehicle, it’s actually more like a mobile living room or office than your traditional car.
Through an onboard computer, the car does the driving, while the passengers do… well, anything else!
In other words, it’s like a chauffeur… without the chauffeur.
And with the car able to comfortably fit four people, it opens up new, in-car experiences.
As Rinderknecht explains, “Rinspeed XchangE is about autonomous driving, about moving by yourself, with an autopilot in your car. Once the car is doing that, our reasoning is that I don’t want to watch my steering wheel turn left and right. I’d like to work, I’d like to relax, I’d like to be entertained, I’d like to do anything else but stare outside.”
Those ambitions come from the fact that in keeping with the “connected car” phenomenon, the XchangE is hooked up to the internet. This not only enables it to get data from other cars for its autonomous driving, but as Rinderknecht says, also allows passengers to “download movies, work, send data up in the cloud, and I’m always connected.”
He continues, “But if I decide to drive myself, of course, I always can drive, as well.” Which is nice!
And as the video below shows, it’s all done in style and comfort, with 380 individually adjustable, ambient LED lights.
In tandem with industry projections, Rinderknecht expects driverless cars to be commercially available by 2020 – once road laws and safety regulations are in place alongside this cutting-edge technology.
And he believes the Rinspeed XchangE will be among the pioneers.
Ahead of the tape,