Rinspeed’s Future Car Concept Features Windows Tablets

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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Rinspeed is presenting its concept car of the future which is based on the fact that cars will become autonomous soon and people traveling in it will find more time spending in a meaningful way. Frank M. Rinderknecht describes the status quo like this: “So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver. After all, 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.“ And then he poses the key question: How will the interior of a vehicle have to be designed to let the now largely unburdened driver make optimal use of the gain in time?

This future concept car features Windows tablets for its infotainment system. You can see them in the images below.

Passengers will be able to assume virtually any seating or resting position when traveling in a fully autonomous vehicle in the future, which will require a completely new operating and display concept. It is supplied by infotainment specialist Harman. The new concept uses the manufacturer’s all-new next-generation scalable infotainment platform, which is based on HTML5 and provides comprehensive protection against hacker attacks. In the “XchangE” it offers numerous functions for navigation, entertainment, assistance and services that are displayed on a total of four screens. A 1.2-meter-wide display strip in the steering-wheel support provides important information in wide-screen format. A 32-inch 4K monitor in the rear transforms the “XchangE” into a highly comfortable on-demand UHD movie theatre on wheels. It is controlled with simple gestures.

Of course the “XchangE” is also fully networked with the outside world. 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. Deutsche Telekom and its fast LTE network provide the secure data transmission. All incoming vehicle data – from the Harman infotainment system and other vehicle systems – are compiled and analyzed on a standardized “Business-to-Car” platform of Deutsche Telekom. The intelligent links to numerous other online data sources thus create travel-specific Cloud services such as warning messages or recommendations on route and driving profiles, which are available to all road users in real time. The more vehicles and service providers are networked via the manufacturer-independent “Business-to-Car” platform, the more everyone traveling by car benefits from added safety and convenience.

An intelligent access control system that uses RFID technology to identify the authorized driver or drivers switches on the essential functions of the “XchangE“. It comes from the parts portfolio of forklift manufacturer Linde Material Handling. As on the company’s forklifts and other materials handling equipment, the technical signals from the sensors and the vehicle control system are compiled by the “connect:” data-logging unit and transmitted continuously to the Cloud via the T network. The software of the “connect:” unit makes it possible to analyze all operating data and generate reports, for example for fleet operators.

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Read more about the concept here. Find more images of this concept here.

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  • rockuz

    The interior look sleek, and with surface tablets it made more enjoyable.

  • Haymo

    Wow, looks great. Tablets work well, whilst I like that they used surface tablets, I think built in Windows screens would be better.

  • grs_dev

    These are the dumbest renders I’ve ever seen.
    First of all, why is the steering wheel in between the 2 passengers and not in front of one of them. If it’s a driverless car, then why put a steering wheel in there all together?

    Second of all, I hope that in the future we can expect a lot more than just surface tablets that are shoved inside dashboards in not so ergonomic ways.

    I think the next step for Windows is to aim for heads up display with 0 touch or gesture mode. I am not talking about using voice from time to time to do things. I mean to produce a fully functional fully featured OS that requires 0 touches, clicks, or presses…