Each year at the Geneva Motor Show, Swiss car maker/customizer brings out a unique concept car that looks crazy on the surface, but is built around an idea that makes a lot of sense. This is the 2015 offering, the Rinspeed Budii concept, and its area of focus is autonomous driving.
Rinspeed Budii tries to address the flaws of autonomous driving technology by making a stronger connection between the car and its owner, hence the name Budii which is derived from buddy. This car is supposed to be its owner’s best bud!
Rinspeed says that Budii can minimize the imperfections of the autopilot system by adapting to the habits and preferences of its owner, such as daily routine trips. What’s more, the car will take data from its environment and the “experiences” of other vehicles along its route into account. The driver, or the passenger, can take over from Budii at any time and drive the car themselves, thanks to a steering rack mounted on a sensitive robot arm.
Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht: “The transition from traditional to autonomous driving will take place in stages. Consequently, man and machine will still have a few years left to get used to this new form of mobility and the different interplay between people and technology it will entail, time they both will need.”