In the future, we are stuffed with electronics, self-driving cars. However, the electronics and the Software in these cars is lightning quickly become obsolete, while, for example, the passenger holding cell longer. The design study Rinspeed Snap shows how you could do both separate. The new Concept Car from the Swiss company is on the electronics trade show CES (Consumer Electronics Show, 9. to 12. January 2018) in Las Vegas, and then at the Geneva motor show (8. to 18. To see March 2018).
The Snap Rinspeed boss Frank M. cattle integrated servant of the quickly out-of-date hardware and Software in the platform ("Skateboard"), and separates these from the durable passenger cell ("Pod") that sits as a kind of essay on the Skateboard. The Skateboard should be recycled after a few years, while the less stressed Pod can do much longer service. He could, for example, serve as a spacious Camping Pod, or as a cozy cuddle Pod.
The four-seater is the Snap with 4,69 meters in length and 1.84 metres in height, the dimensions of a large van. The vehicle is powered electrically. The Lithium-iron-phosphate battery stores up to 12 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy, which is enough for a range of 100 kilometers. The electric drive on the rear axle provides very little Power: The continuous power is 28 kW (38 HP), the maximum power is 51 kW (69 HP). To a peak of over 80 km/h is possible, we can still believe. But the narrow power can bring the 1.7-ton car in 5.0 seconds to 100 kph, is likely to remain a pipe dream of Rinspeed.
However, a faster Sprint did not belong to the most important skills of an urban car, rather maneuverability. Because at the Snap both axles are steered, can turn the car almost on the spot. The self-driving car detects by the Lidar Sensor as one of the obstacles on the road, and other Sensors to steer it to happen through the traffic. Projections on the discs of the Snap communicates visually with the outside world: Front and rear disc send messages to other traffic participants as "right-of-way granted" or "attention, children". The side Windows on the other hand serve for the communication with bus passengers.
Three Displays are available to every occupant. Important to a Ride-Sharing vehicle, which is used by many passengers, is the Hygiene. When you Snap the UV light the bacteria in the interior of harmless. For refreshment teas worry, the mint in Urban Farming-growing containers. On request, a self-propelled robot was even accompanied by the passengers and helps Carry the shopping or other chores.(sl)