Tesla Model S Transformed Into Autonomous Rinspeed XchangE (w/videos)

FEB 18 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 18

Swiss tuner/automaker Rinspeed has officially unveiled its latest concept.

Called XchangE and destined for a world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, this Rinspeed is a Tesla Model S that’s autonomous, in concept at least.

Rinspeed is known for its wild unveiling, none of which make it out into the real world.  So, consider this to be a design exercise and proof of concept.

Rinspeed’s Frank M. Rinderknecht says this of XchangE:

“…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.”

Watching TV While the Vehicle Does the Driving

Watching TV While the Vehicle Does the Driving

XchangE is Rinspeed’s vision of how an autonomous vehicle should be set up.  Without the task of driving required, the interior can be re-organized in a way that optimizes the use of space and allows for occupants to relax, rather than to focus on the road ahead.

As you’ll see in the videos below, the XchangE is radically different from the norm and on the inside it barely even resembles the Model S upon which it’s based.

The Sliding Steering Wheel is Trick

The Sliding Steering Wheel is Trick

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18 Comments on "Tesla Model S Transformed Into Autonomous Rinspeed XchangE (w/videos)"

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MDEV

This is a nice nose cone design, not the ugly plastic one.

Mikael

Really? I think this one is one of the ugliest nose cone designs I’ve ever seen.

MDEV

Looks like a Porsche just imaging in other colors….

Anon

It’s good folks can see for themselves what a Model S looks like without an accented nose cone, which really does lend the vehicle a more traditional face. The car is stll an attractive vehicle, even without it. But I think Tesla choose wisely to leave a visible snoot on, for reasons of branding and audience familiarity.

EV

Not at all. The plastic nose cone looks great. I do not see anyones deal with it? Looks completely normal and fitting.

Tim

Now THAT’S the way a driverless car should look.

Mikey

I know that autonomous vehicles could very well change our lives, but I still find this video pretentious.

John Hansen

It takes a lot of effort to make a Model S look that ugly.

ffbj

Yeah it is pretty pretentious. Is there a word for beyond pretentious?

kdawg

If cars learn to drive themselves, will women still try to drive from the back seat?

(uh oh, i’m going to get in trouble for that one :))

kdawg

(I just noticed, it does look like she’s trying to control the touchscreen w/her feet. ew)

EV

lul

Anon

The choice in clothing the occupants are wearing, seems unfortunate. The fat collars look like neck braces to me. 😉

Rob Stark

In the digital future Swiss Rinspeed predicts men and women will still be wearing expensive Swiss mechanical watches.

Tom A.

=D

EV

…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.

watching a tv is more meaningful?

Tom A.

Of course! Ever see Idiocracy…?

😉

Surfbrutha

Looks awesome. I cant wait for this to become a reality….in the meantime, where can I get those Bono glasses and huge turtleneck?