Swiss concept car designer Rinspeed has come up with an autonomous electric car concept called Oasis that can be owned or shared with others through a ride-hailing app. The Oasis has ZF sourced two in-wheel electric motors with torque vectoring, enabling a very small turning radius. The steering wheel is also developed by ZF, folds flat and thus turns into a keyboard or work surface with cup holders.
The highlight here is an unusual feature on the inside, a little garden behind the steering wheel, which according to Rinspeed, is to provide a living room like ambience in the vehicle along with armchairs, sideboard and TV. The small garden developed by Kostal has enough space for growing radishes or even little Bonsai trees.
The occupants on the inside use Harman LIVS (Life-Enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solutions) technology in a curved 5K widescreen display with voice or gesture control, which can be used to socialize and browse web, besides the usual maps and connected vehicle features. There’s also Skype and Microsoft office for business on the go. The widescreen can also be used for entertainment with viewing enjoyment in CinemaScope, accompanied by the Harman Kardon 24-channel surround sound system. The Oasis can serve as a pizza-delivery vehicle with a lockable trunk that can be opened by pizza vendors.
The Oasis was showcased at CES 2017, and will be at 2017 NAIAS in Detroit in the ZF booth.