Rinspeed XchangE: Based on Tesla Model S

Autonomous driving is set to become reality in the near future. While the major automobile manufacturing companies are putting the finishing touches on the technology, the Swiss idea factory Rinspeed puts man at the center of the autonomous car. At 2014 Geneva Auto Show, the automaker presents the “XchangE” study to the public in a world premiere. It demonstrates how cars will ‘move’ us just a few short years from now, in both senses of the word. Frank M. Rinderknecht describes the status quo like this: “So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver. 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.“ And then he poses the key question: How will the interior of a vehicle have to be designed to let the now largely unburdened driver make optimal use of the gain in time?

The Swiss company provides the answer with an all-electric touring sedan by the name of “XchangE”. In best Helvetic tradition it was engineered by 4erC and built at Esoro. The vehicle features all-new seats reminiscent of the relaxing business-class seats of major airlines. The basic idea behind the seats that offer a host of tilting, swiveling and adjustment options comes from Otto Bock Mobility Solutions, arguably the most renowned manufacturing company of medical prosthetics worldwide. The futuristic TRW steering wheel with hands-on recognition, drive-mode-manager display in the rim and transparent multifunction keys with ambiance lighting can simply be “parked” in the middle of the instrument panel together with the innovative lightweight steering column with bionic design from Georg Fischer Automotive. This feat is made possible by the multi-redundant “steer-by-wire” technology developed by Swabian Company Paravan, similar to what can be found on modern jet aircraft. It is therefore no wonder that the smart automotive visionary with a wink negates the famous advertising slogan that has become a popular phrase: “Not even flying is better from now on!”

Rinspeed XchangE

Of course the Rinspeed XchangE is also fully networked with the outside world. The in-car consolidation of real-time sensor data that is crucial for “Car2X” communications is handled by the infotainment system, which communicates with the Cloud via an integrated LTE module. Deutsche Telekom and its fast LTE network provide the secure data transmission. All incoming vehicle data – from the Harman infotainment system and other vehicle systems – are compiled and analyzed on a standardized “Business-to-Car” platform of Deutsche Telekom. The more vehicles and service providers are networked via the manufacturer-independent “Business-to-Car” platform, the more everyone traveling by car benefits from added safety and convenience.

New Rinspeed XchangE

The “XchangE” – as a Tesla evolution – is sitting on 20-inch Borbet highest-quality alloy wheels with glistening “Reflectic” finish is a true eye-catcher. However, Swiss Company Regus Management and Research focuses on the more “inner values” of the “XchangE” as an office on wheels. The specialist for office rental maintains 1,800 locations in more than 100 countries and develops new business opportunities. The company definitely sees potential for using the “XchangE” as a mobile office and traveling conference center. For this conclusion it can draw upon a study by Düsseldorf-based consulting agency A.T. Kearney Consultants, which examined the changes to the digital society that will be affected by autonomous driving in the future.

Rinspeed XchangE interiors

The partners and suppliers in the realization of the “XchangE” are:

  • Amici Caffè AG – www.amici.ch
  • 4erC GmbH – www.4erc.ch
  • Borbet GmbH – www.borbet.de
  • A.T. Kearney Global Management Consultants – www.atkearney.com
  • Deutsche Telekom – www.telekom.de
  • Carl F. Bucherer – www.carl-f-bucherer.com
  • Esoro AG – www.esoro.ch
  • Eberspächer Climate Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG – www.eberspaecher.com
  • Georg Fischer Automotive AG – www.gfau.com
  • Evonik Industries AG – www.evonik.com
  • KRD Sicherheitstechnik GmbH – www.kasiglas.de
  • Harman International, Inc. – www.harman.com
  • Mansory Design & Holding GmbH – www.mansory.com
  • Linde Material Handling – www.linde-mh.de
  • Paravan GmbH – www.paravan.de
  • Otto Bock Mobility Solutions GmbH – www.ottobock.com
  • Schoeller GmbH & Co KG – www.schoeller-wool.com
  • Regus Global Management and Research Center SA – www.regus.com
  • Strähle+Hess GmbH – www.straehle-hess.de
  • Sika Schweiz AG – www.sika.com
  • Vollmond marketing kommunikation – www.agentur-vollmond.de
  • TRW Automotive GmbH – www.trw.com
  • Weidmann Plastics Technology AG – www.weidmann-plastics.com

Rinspeed XchangE Back View

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