BMW i3-based car incorporates a foldaway steering wheel and terrain scanning

Swiss concept house Rinspeed has unveiled its autononmous electric car at the Geneva show.

The ‘Budii’, which is based on the BMW i3, has been fitted with a new steer-by-wire system and a steering wheel that can be folded away when it is not in use. The wheel can also switch sides to provide both left and right-hand drive.

Rinspeed has worked with a number of suppliers who supplied the technology in the Budii concept. Infotainment specialist Harman Kardon have designed a system that "independently identifies the habits and preferences of the driver and reduces the necessary operating steps [to drive the car] to a minimum".

The car also rides on a new air suspension system that has a ride height adjustment range of 100mm.

Also incorporated is a ‘telescoping laser scanner’, which rises up from the Budii’s roof and works in combination with a 3D camera to scan the terrain ahead of the vehicle, allowing the car to automatically adjust the ride height and suspension accordingly.

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The i3’s clamshell door arrangement has been modified with an electric opening and closing system, while the newly styled exterior panels incorporate the brake lights, tail lights and indicators. 

A new electric heating system is said to be "95% efficient" and can pre-warm the battery pack. It is controlled by a smartphone or smartwatch.

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16 February 2015
Barely recognisable as a car. Astounding interior.

16 February 2015
A bit like the Autocar website.
  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

17 February 2015
...where the rear seat should be?

17 February 2015
Erm, eh,video on Youtube.......!!!

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19 February 2015
Ban me.
  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

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