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2016 Rinspeed Oasis Concept news, pictures, specifications, and information


• Rinspeed presents the clever urban 'Oasis' runabout at the CES in Las Vegas and the NAIAS in Detroit in January 2017

Garden plot on wheels for the urban jungle
You can count on Swiss automotive visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht when it comes to reimagining mobility. With the Rinspeed concept vehicle 'Oasis,' the ingenious self-driving electric vehicle for the city and surrounding areas, he refutes the deeply ingrained notion of the urban jungle that requires SÚVs the size of battle tanks for the daily struggle for survival. His alternative concept: a maneuverable speedster wîth an integrated small garden plot behind the windshield.

The Rinspeed boss therefore challenges the martial appearance wîth mobile urban gardening. With its large glazed areas and shrouds on the front wheels, the refined and swift two-seat runabout looks rather futuristic and is somewhat reminiscent of a modern interpretation of famous Star Wars icon R2D2. They both can turn on their wheels wîth almost a zero radius. In the case of the 'Oasis,' thanks to a special §teering angle, two in-wheel electric motors and torque vectoring, all developed by ZF on Lake Constance.

The self-driving Swiss vehicle is not a wallflower or strictly functional like the Google Car, but rather 'next gen' - wîth a host of technical and visual treats inside. Because in keeping wîth a great tradition, the twenty-third Rinspeed concept car was again engineered by Swiss company 4erC and executed by Esoro.

Speaking of inside: The ultimate eye-catcher is the small garden wîth enough space for growing radishes or even little Bonsai trees. Automotive supplier Kostal adds the element of nature to the car to make it a true third space. 'Home+Garden' becomes 'Car+Garden' - brought together by a custom removable planter.

The small garden plot is just one of features that creates a new living space in the interior of the car. Armchairs, sideboard and TV provide a modern living room ambience in white. Everything looks welcoming and inviting, thanks to the efforts of the innovative Swabian textile developers at Strahle+Hess, and Dutch company Stahl, the world market leader in leather and synthetic surfaces in automotive interiors. Together, they created a remarkable ensemble of natural, functional leather wîth various designs and surfaces complemented by textiles wîth bright edging highlights. For this purpose, Schoeller Spinning Group supplied an all-new highly elastic wool yarn. Also worthy of note are the elegant aluminum seat bases from GF Automotive in bionic lightweight design, the futuristic retractable air vents, and the multi-purpose storage box from Dr. Schneider Únternehmensgruppe. The floor is made from real wood, and created by the specialists from MeisterWerke. All adhesive bonds in and on the 'Oasis' are realized wîth innovative adhesives from Sika Automotive.

Always a step ahead: In the 'Oasis,' the journey becomes the destination

An eerie quiet around the football arena, but the activities on Twitter show: Injury time is almost up and tens of thousands of fans will soon flood the streets. The Rinspeed 'Oasis' is equipped wîth Harman LIVS technologies (Life-Enhancing Intelligent Vehicle Solutions), which put it always a step ahead, and its finger on the pulse of the social web - the 'Oasis' has long since planned the alternative route.

The 'Oasis' lets its driver know that several Facebook friends wîth similar tastes have recently liked a new restaurant that just opened nearby. A quick 'Ok' signaled to the personal assistant of the 'Oasis,' and the table has been reserved. That fast.

To interact wîth the Harman system, the occupants use a slightly curved 5K widescreen display wîth voice- or gesture-control that spans the width of the 'Oasis' in front of its passengers. In manual mode, it presents the most important information in condensed form. The images of the electronic rearview mirrors are dimmed when not needed.

The §teering wheel from ZF folds flat and thus turns into a keyboard or work surface. The car thus becomes a self-driving office on wheels, complete wîth Office productivity software and Skype video telephony wîth live translation. The personal assistant not only knows which of the occupants is talking to it at the time, but also in what language the occupant speaks. The 'Oasis' passengers are able to exchange and share interesting news on social media channels by using swiping gestures. In keeping wîth a ten-year tradition, a mechanical Carl F. Bucherer watch is integrated on the §teering column. What is more: On the 'Oasis,' the new Manero Flyback is rewound by the §teering motions.

The next business trip begs. After dropping its owner off at the airport, the 'Oasis' chauffeurs a nice couple who had searched for a ride on Facebook into the city. After dropping them off at their destination, the 'Oasis' goes on Twitter to let the owners' friends know that it is available for use at any time. They are able to summon it via WhatsApp and other social media apps. Two days later, the 'Oasis' returns to the arrivals terminal of the airport, thanks to Harman LIVS punctual to the minute and unperturbed by potential flight delays, traffic jams and long lines at the baggage claim.

Curtains up for the evening entertainment wîth viewing enjoyment in CinemaScope, accompanied by the Harman Kardon 24-channel sound that virtually follows the passenger as the seat glides into the fully reclined position. The personal assistant takes a photo of the stunning sunset in passing - the 'Oasis' keeps a diary and if desired also acts as a travel blogger to keep the Instagram followers up to date.

Feeling like taking back the wheel? Gladly - after passing an automatically administered fitness and alertness test.

By the way, the personal assistant is also at the driver's disposal outside the car. Thanks to a link to the Harman Cloud Platform, it allows controlling the owner's smart home from the 'Oasis,' for example. Always a step ahead, it takes care of the lights and the wellness climate as the situation demands. BlackBerry QNX supplies an integrated and certified secure and protected software platform for self-driving vehicles.

The windscreen serves as a giant display for virtual and augmented realities. Holographic laser projection technology developed by WayRay allowed to make area covered by displays significantly larger than in conventional head-up display used today. ÚS Company Techniplas, a specialist for cognitive and networked products, developed the multi-functional rear window. It integrates not only the usual lights at the back of a car; it also serves as a display panel for the integrated clever micro delivery box. It can even be cooled or heated as needed. As a special touch, the box was sized to fit a power bank form EVA Fahrzeugtechnik, which increases the range of the 'Oasis' when circumstances demand.

When it comes to automotive lighting, Rinspeed relies on proven Osram quality. The manufacturer supplies the powerful LED headlights and the two projectors in the front surround. The LED ambience lighting wîth reading lights integrated into the headliner comes from Forster Rohner.

The who's who in the use of the vehicle

Who will own the car, who will operate it and what will it be used for? Rinspeed boss Rinderknecht has designed and equipped the car to keep all conceivable options open - if society is willing to share goods in a beneficial way. 'Oasis' can be a shopping cart in the morning, a shipping services counter for a parcel service in the afternoon, and a pizza delivery vehicle at night. A digital access system from German supplier Huf makes it possible.

Apart from consulting firm EY, which contributed a study on the individualization of mobility, the masterminds behind the 'Oasis' also include TOG-Tübitak. The Turkish research center - an institution not unlike the German Fraunhofer Institute - examines issues of tomorrow's transport in its own mobility lab.

However, even the 'Oasis' does need a dash of masculinity: Futuristic 20-inch Borbet Aero Design rims wîth laser-engraved 'Oasis' logo underscore the vehicle dynamics.

Transmitting large volumes of data and information requires perfect connections and consequently is of fundamental importance for autonomous driving in particular. The intelligent antenna systems from Vites integrated into the roof play a crucial role in this regard.

Intelligent traffic management solutions from Siemens help optimize the traffic flow and thereby are a factor in providing more comfort in traveling, minimizing emissions, and enhancing the safety of all road users – for example, by warning road users of an approaching emergency vehicle. The 'Oasis' uses different sensors based on NXP technology to capture a 360-degree view of its surroundings wîth pinpoint precision. Thanks to vehicle-to-vehicle communication, it can even look around corners and obstacles. This sensor fusion is then used to compute the safe driving maneuver.

An innovative app from MHP allows choosing potential passengers by interest or profession. For passionate car enthusiasts who just met, this can make the long drive to the vintage car event a sheer pleasure. The 'Mini Mica' from connectivity specialist Harting is a scalable and flexible computing architecture, which uses different modules for adapting the 'Oasis' to the particular requirements of the vehicle user, and installs the corresponding technology features. This makes an individualization of the 'Oasis fleet' wîth efficient use of resources possible. The secure transmission of data and information was tested and certified by independent and impartial certification specialist Dekra. Axa Winterthur provides insurance and peace of mind if the unthinkable happens.

Úrban gardening on wheels as a new trend? A little bit out there? Maybe. But as always, the creation of Swiss mobility innovator Frank M. Rinderknecht is an oasis for inspiration in the otherwise rather expansive automotive wasteland. On display at the CES in Las Vegas and the NAIAS in Detroit in January 2017, and in spring 2017 - in a manner of speaking, in the Swiss national own front garden - at the Geneva Motor Show. As always, put in the best light by Vollmond Advertising Agency from Saarland, Germany.

The „Oasis' will be exhibited at the CES Las Vegas in the Hard Rock Hotel inthe Harman Venue from January 4th thru 7th, 2017 and from January 9th thru22nd, 2017 at the NAIAS in Detroit in the ZF booth.

Source - Rinspeed


Rinspeed shows 'Oasis' at the CES in Las Vegas in January 2017:
A rolling oasis of ideas in the automotive desert With his new 'Oasis' concept vehicle, Swiss car visionary Frank M. Rinderknecht has created a memorable character role in the narrative of the evolution of personal transport. Quasi as a lone voice in the wilderness, he makes a bold statement against the notion of a city jungle requiring multi-ton SÚVs for survival wîth this clever self-driving electric vehicle for the urban sphere.

'Oasis' is a clear alternative concept to the martial appearance on urban asphalt. The exquisite two-seat runabout looks pretty futuristic wîth its large glazed areas and front wheel spats. Kind of like a trendy buddy of Star Wars icon R2D2. Both are capable of turning on their own axis wîth almost a zero radius. Not at all like a gray mouse and not solely designed wîth a single purpose in mind like Google's cars, but rather 'next generation' - wîth a host of technical and visual treats inside.

Speaking of the inside: The interior offers a new living space wîth the ambience of a modern-day family room: armchair, sideboard, TV, and a multifunctional §teering wheel, of course. The windshield also serves as a screen for virtual as well as augmented reality.

Who will be the owner of the car, who will be the operator, and what will they use it for? Rinspeed boss Rinderknecht has designed and equipped the vehicle in a way that keeps all conceivable options open in a society willing to share its goods sensibly. 'Oasis' can be commuting or shopping car in the morning, act as a 'micro delivery vehicle' for urban parcel services in the afternoon, and be a pizza taxi on the evening drive home. This is made possible by a clever code-protected 'drawer' in the rear, which can also be cooled or heated as needed. Why move only people in an innovative way wîth disruptive technology and not also small consignments (at the same time)?

However, Rinderknecht welcomes people to take the name 'Oasis' literally as well: The creative Swiss national has integrated a small green space for growing flowers or radishes below the windscreen. Úrban gardening on wheels, so to speak. A little bit 'out there'? Maybe. But definitely a source of inspiration for everyone lòòking for something new in the automotive wasteland of uniformity.

The partners and suppliers in the realization of the „Oasis' are:

4erC GmbH -
AXA Winterthur Versicherungen -
Borbet GmbH -
Dekra Automobil GmbH -
Dr. Schneider Únternehmensgruppe -
Esoro AG -
EVA Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH -
Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft -
GF Automotive -
Harman International, Inc. -
Harting KGaA -
Huf Group -
Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG -
MHP - A Porsche Company -
NXP Semiconductors -
Osram -
Schoeller GmbH & CoKG -
Siemens AG - Mobility Division - Intelligent Traffic Systems -
Sika Automotive AG -
Stahl Holdings BV -
Strahle+Hess GmbH -
Turkish Automobile Development Center -
Vites GmbH -
Vollmond Werbeagentur -
Techniplas -
WayRay -
ZF Friedrichshafen AG -

Source - Rinspeed
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