Rinspeed, the Swiss automotive powerhouse of ideas, will be
unveiling an electrically powered eye-catcher at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
called the “Budii” concept car. The electrically powered eye-catcher is
intended to become the driver’s “best buddy,” and its autopilot the perfect
chauffeur that quickly adapts to the habits and preferences of its “boss.”
The Geneva Motor Show will take place from March 5 through
15, 2015. The Rinspeed Budii is already the 21st proprietary concept
vehicle of the Swiss “company.
Budii will feature a host of innovations, which following a
long-standing Rinspeed tradition will revolve around humans and their needs. In
addition, it will take data from its environment and the “experiences” of other
vehicles along its route into account. Swiss automotive visionary Frank M.
Rinderknecht who is the Founder and CEO of Rinspeed Inc says that the breakneck speed of
technical developments “forces us to redefine our relationship with the
automobile”. “Until now, what we have primarily associated with auto mobility
was freedom and individuality. And - consciously or unconsciously - we are
prepared to pay a high price in many regards for these privileges. We need only
look at the accident statistics,” he says.
Autonomous driving undoubtedly offers the opportunity to
drastically diminish some of the drawbacks of private transport. For example,
the number of traffic accidents could drop worldwide. But although it will be
less prone to err than humans, even the best technology will not be perfect.
“That is something we will have to accept,” believes Rinderknecht, adding that
“We should not develop a blind, but rather a healthy faith in the new
capabilities of the hardware and soft-ware.” Because in his estimation, cars
will do just what we do: “They will keep learning each day, and as a result
will get better and better at mastering the complex challenges of modern-day
The Budii car will
feature a host of innovations which will revolve around humans and their needs.
In addition, it will take data from its environment and the “experiences” of
other vehicles along its route into account.
The car for the city
and surrounding countryside will handle the often inconvenient daily routine
trips in-dependently, while the “pilot” will still be able to take the wheel as
usual on fun weekend trips. The ingenious twist: the steering wheel is
supported by a state-of-the-art sensitive robot arm, which enables both the
driver and the front passenger to steer. And if nobody feels like steering, it
is simply parked in centre position.
Rinderknecht is confident
that the transition from traditional to autonomous driving will take place in
stages. Consequently, man and machine will still have a few years left to get
used to this new form of mobility and the different interplay between people
and technology it will entail, time they both will need.
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