Futuristic Rinspeed Oasis concept previews autonomous car sharing
A new self-driving concept that can rotate on the spot will be demonstrated in Las Vegas next year
The Rinspeed Oasis is a compact, two-seat autonomous city car that features solar panels and can rotate on the spot.
Designed to demonstrate a less conventional method of transport for the future, the model will be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year.
The 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 virtually placed beside and on objects outside.
Inside, the cabin has been designed with nature in mind, and so 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 commute 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 know 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.
More information will be released when the car is revealed at the CES in January 2017.