Issue: Oct 2016


Rinspeed Oasis at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas: A rolling oasis of ideas in the automotive desert



by Ai Staff

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 SUVs for survival with 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 with 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 with almost a zero radius. Not at all like a gray mouse and not solely designed with a single purpose in mind like Google’s cars, but rather “next generation” - with a host of technical and visual treats inside.

 

Speaking of the inside: The interior offers a new living space with the ambience of a modern-day family room: armchair, sideboard, TV, and a multifunctional steering 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 with 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. Urban gardening on wheels, so to speak. A little bit “out there”? Maybe. But definitely a source of inspiration for everyone looking for something new in the automotive wasteland of uniformity.

 

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

 

4erC GmbH - www.4erc.ch  

AXA Winterthur Versicherungen - www.axa-winterthur.ch  

Borbet GmbH - www.borbet.de  

Dekra Automobil GmbH - www.dekra.com  

Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe - www.dr-schneider.com  

Esoro AG - www.esoro.ch  

EVA Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH - www.evafahrzeugtechnik.de  

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft - www.de.ey.com/automotive  

GF Automotive - www.gfau.com  

Harman International, Inc. - www.harman.com  

Harting KGaA - www.harting.com  

Huf Group - www.huf-group.com  

Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG - www.kostal.com  

MHP - A Porsche Company - www.mhp.com  

NXP Semiconductors - http://bit.ly/2cdLqlW  

Osram - www.osram.com  

Schoeller GmbH & CoKG - www.schoeller-wool.com  

Siemens AG - Mobility Division - Intelligent Traffic Systems - www.siemens.com/traffic  

Sika Automotive AG - www.sikaautomotive.com  

Stahl Holdings BV - www.stahl.com  

Strähle+Hess GmbH - www.straehle-hess.de

Turkish Automobile Development Center - www.tog.gov.tr

Vites GmbH - www.vites.de  

Vollmond Werbeagentur - www.agentur-vollmond.de

Techniplas - www.techniplas.com

WayRay - www.wayray.com/navion  

ZF Friedrichshafen AG - www.zf.com

 



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