Swiss company Rinspeed is bringing the Rinspeed Budii autonomous electric vehicle concept to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The Budii concept vehicle is based on the all-electric car BMW i3. The concept vehicle’s steering wheel is mounted upon a robotic arm that stays at a safe distance from the driver during automated driving and extends to the driver or passenger during manual driving.
During manual driving, the steering wheel is used solely for driving, while during automated driving, the steering wheel can serve as a table or a personal valet, thanks to Paravan’s “steer-by-wire” technology.
The Budii concept vehicle is equipped with a roof-mounted telescopic laser scanner from Ibeo Automotive Systems. The scanner, called the “TrackView”, can be raised by 70 cm. The TrackView and a high-resolution camera from Kappa optronics map the terrain ahead jointly, depending on which the height and suspension of the vehicle are adjusted.
There are two electric mini vehicles housed in the retractable automatic drawers on both sides of the vehicle in the rear. These mini vehicles can be used for short trips, for instance, to reach the vehicle in the parking.
Other notable features on the Budii concept vehicle include automatic payments for parking via NFC, wireless cell phone charging, 19-inch Borbet 8-twin-spoke alloy wheels, air suspension with ride-height adjustment range of 100 mm and Harman Kardon premium sound system.
The Rinspeed Budii concept vehicle will be unveiled on March 3 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and will be on public display from March 5 to March 15.