Futuristic Rinspeed Oasis in Detroit – new pics of driverless concept
Self-driving concept that can rotate on the spot is on show in Detroit a week after it made a first appearance at the CES
The Rinspeed Oasis is a compact, two-seat autonomous city car that features solar panels and can rotate on the spot.
The Oasis’s front wheels can turn on their own axis, enabling the car to navigate incredibly tight turns and rotate on the spot to squeeze into parking spaces.
The car’s windscreen features virtual and augmented reality technology, where illustrations and data can be placed beside on objects outside.
Inside, the nature-inspired cabin features a small garden plot at the front. There are armchairs, a sideboard, a TV and folding steering wheel, emphasising the car’s main role as an autonomous vehicle.
Rinspeed boss Frank Rinderknecht has designed the Oasis with car sharing in mind. It features functionality that allows it to be a commuter car, a cargo-carrying vehicle for urban parcel services – hence the fitment of a temperature-controlled and code-protected drawer in the rear – and also a pizza delivery car.
The vehicle can alert its owners’s Facebook friends when it is free for use and can then be summoned via social media. Its maker says these features turn the car from a form of transport into a personal assistant.