This year the eccentric Swiss automaker Rinspeed has revealed their Geneva Motor Show concept a bit sooner than usual, probably because you need more time to understand the thing. It’s called Rinspeed Etos and it’s an autonomous concept based on the BMW i8.
The Rinspeed Etos (which is actually written ?tos) looks surprisingly ordinary at first glance, but it is anything but. I mean, it does look futuristic and all, but mostly it looks like a revised BMW i8 in yellow. Under the skin however, the Etos is a veritable Silicon Valley on wheels. There is a mind-boggling number of technologies packed in this car, some of them could be seen in normal production cars in a few years.
So without any further ado, let’s dig in and see what are the highlights of this crazy Etos. The coolest feature, perhaps, is a folding and retracting steering wheel from ZF TRW for a clutter-free self-driving experience. Then there are the two curved 21.5-inch Ultra HD widescreen monitors, Harman Connected Car technologies infotainment, eight HD exterior for a 180-degree view of the outside world, real 3D navigation, gaze-tracking system, 20-inch Borbet GTX aluminum rims, Gorilla glass and…
One feature of Rinspeed Etos that sounds like a bit of an overkill is an on-board DJI drone complete with landing platform in the rear. Now, it’s a cool thing to have a drone on the back of your car, but Rinspeed is kind of struggling to find a real use for this thing. That’s why they mention “shooting a selfie of the car on the road” as the drone’s primary function.