What’s more futuristic than an electric car? A self-driving electric car with its own ultra-high-def movie theater!
Rinspeed plans to unveil its XchangE concept car to the world at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. The concept, which is based on the all-electric Tesla Model S sedan, envisions a world where autonomous driving is the norm.
“So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver,” Frank Rinderknect, founder and CEO of Swiss “mobility lab” Rinspeed, said when the first renderings of the car were released. “After all, traveling in a driverless car will no longer require me to stare at the road, but will let me spend my time in a more meaningful way.”
“I am given free time that I can use for myself anyway I please, while the sensor systems and the connectivity chauffeur me safely and reliably to my destination.”
It’s all about seating—and its versatility—in the Rinspeed XchangE.
The seats in the Xchange draw inspiration from business-class recliners and take advantage of a variety of adjustment options from Otto Block Mobility Solutions, a leader in the medical prosthetics field. Users will be able to move the seats around for a total of 20 possible arrangements.
Passengers looking to get going without leaving business behind will be able to arrange the seats face-to-face, allowing for better interaction while heading from point A to point B.
On longer road trips, passengers can turn their seats around to face the gesture-controlled 32-inch ultra-high-definition screen mounted in the rear. It’s a movie theater on four wheels
While the inside has a complete custom treatment, the XchangE appears to take advantage of the Tesla’s proven good looks. A two-tone paint job of lime green and yellow is seen in promotional shots of the concept car, while it appears a spoiler and air scoops in the rear are the only exterior changes on the custom Model S.
The XchangE marks the twentieth concept car to be produced by Rinspeed, whose previous ideas have included the underwater sQuba convertible and ultra-compact MicroMax bus.
The 2014 Geneva Motor Show opens to the public on March 6.