Rinspeed previews Budii Concept ahead of 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 8, 2014

Rinspeed is planning to surprise us again with a new concept for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed Budii, the new concept promises to redefine the relationship between man and machine. Rinspeed says that the Budii Concept will be a “friend on wheels” as the electric vehicle will become “driver’s buddy” and its autopilot will adapt to the habits and preferences of its owner.

The company also said that the Budii will take data from its environment and the “experiences” of other vehicles. The interior will show an ingenious twist as the steering wheel will be supported by a sensitive robot arm, which will enable both the driver and the passenger to steer.

When not used by the passengers, the steering wheel will be parked in center position.

Frank M. Rinderknecht a.k.a. boss of Rinspeed is sure: “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.”

The farsighted Swiss says: “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.” [source: Rinspeed]

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