The 2014 Geneva Motor Show will also see the Rinspeed XchangE Concept, a vehicle that redefines the business-class style traveling thanks to an innovative Harman infotainment concept. Moreover, the Rinspeed XchangE Concept is the proof that autonomous driving will become reality in the near future.
Based on the Tesla Model S, the concept car rides on 20-inch Borbet alloy wheels with glistening “Reflectic” finish, new Plexiglass elements made by tuning specialist Mansory. Still, the interior of the car is the real attraction. The first visual impact shows all-new seats inspired by the business-class seats of major airlines and according to the official press release, the basic ide was to offer a host of adjustment, tilting and swiveling options.
The interior comes with a TRW steering wheel that is fitted with with hands-on recognition, drive-mode-manager display in the rim and transparent multifunction keys. What’s more interesting is that the steering wheel can be “parked” in the middle of the instrument panel together with the innovative lightweight steering column with bionic design from Georg Fischer Automotive.
This is possible thanks to the multi-redundant “steer-by-wire” technology developed by Swabian Company Paravan. Passengers are able to assume any seating or resting position when traveling with this car and use the new operating and display concept supplied by Harman. This new concept uses the next-generation scalable infotainment platform based on HTML5 and offers numerous functions for navigation, entertainment, assistance and services that are displayed on a total of four screens.
The 1.2-meter-wide display strip in the steering-wheel support provides important information in wide-screen format, while the 32-inch 4K monitor in the rear transforms the concept into a movie theatre on wheels.
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. The Plexiglas roof from Evonik Industries ensures a striking appearance featuring “Radiant” surface coating and shimmers in all colors of the rainbow.