2017 Rinspeed Oasis

Another Geneva Motor Show, another remarkable concept from Switzerland's own Rinspeed. Rinspeed has a proclivity for concepts that are based around ideas that are sometimes thoughtful, sometimes gimmicky, but always memorable. This year's concept stands well enough on its own in terms of features, but the one that gives the car its name is wildly impractical, though likely to bring a smile to the face of many visitors to the International Motor Show. The Oasis showcases a small garden of succulents in the driving space behind the windshield. It's charming enough, but given the need for somewhat regular sunlight or equivalent, as well as nutrients and water, it's probably not an option that would be pursued by any but the most avid gardeners, and maybe not even them. It was possibly inspired by the vertical forest buildings of Milan and soon Nanjing. http://mashable.com/2017/02/09/stefano-boeri-vertical-forests-china/ Unfortunately, a great idea for massive stationary objects like skyscrapers doesn't really translate to small aerodynamic objects like cars.

A garden-on-the-go is not the only notable feature of the Oasis concept. This autonomous driving car can turn on a radius not much longer than its body length thanks to a pair of in-wheel electric motors and steering that has been optimized for tight spaces. It rides on 20" Borbet Aero Design wheels.

The interior houses large wraparound leather seats with sizable armrests resting on ornate aluminum seat bases. The steering wheel folds flat and can transform into either a keyboard or table surface. A very wide 5k screen display that operates off of voice or gesture control manages trips.

The autonomous driving Oasis would be able to engage in ride-share activities on its own, either commercially or based around the friends of the owner, and can communicate via apps and social media.










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