rinspeed XchangE autonomous EV is an office + living room on wheels
rinspeed XchangE autonomous EV is an office + living room on wheels rinspeed XchangE autonomous EV is an office + living room on wheels
feb 18, 2014

rinspeed XchangE autonomous EV is an office + living room on wheels

rinspeed XchangE autonomous EV is a fully connected office and living room on wheels
all images courtesy rinspeed




unveiled ahead of the 2014 geneva motor show, rinspeed presents the ‘XchangE’, an automotive study to demonstrate how cars will be used as transportation in the not so distant future. the swiss company has conceived an all-electric autonomous touring sedan based on the exterior styling of the tesla model S, engineered by 4erc and built at esoro.


the EV features an interior configuration reminiscent of business-class seats of major airlines. the basic idea behind the seats that offer a host of adjustment, tilting and swiveling options comes from otto bock mobility solutions, a renowned manufacturer of medical prosthetics around the world; the integration of the advanced seats offer more than twenty possible seating arrangements. a futuristic TRW steering wheel features hands-on recognition, with a drive-mode-manager display in the upper rim and transparent multifunction keys with ambient lighting that can simply be ‘parked’ using a multi-redundant ‘steer-by-wire’ technology, similar to what can be found on modern jet aircraft.





dubbed as an ‘office and living room on wheels’, the fully networked EV provides proof of concept where passengers will be able to assume virtually any seating or resting position when traveling in a fully autonomous vehicle in the future, which will require a completely new operating and display concept. the new system devises harman’s next-generation scalable infotainment platform, which is based on html5 and provides security protection against hacker attacks. the media platform inside the ‘XchangE’ offers numerous functions for navigation, entertainment, assistance and services that are displayed on a total of four screens.


a 1.2-meter-wide display strip in the steering-wheel support provides important information in wide-screen format. in the rear, a 32-inch 4k monitor transforms the connected car into a comfortable on-demand ultra-high definition movie theater that can be controlled with simple gestures.

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels



the ‘XchangE’ is also fully connected with the outside world; real-time sensorial data for car-2-car communication is handled by the harman infotainment system, which communicates with the cloud via an integrated LTE module provided by deutsche telekom company. all incoming vehicle data – from the harman infotainment system and other vehicle systems – intelligently links to numerous other online data sources to create travel-specific cloud services such as warning messages or recommendations on route and driving profiles, which are available to all road users in real time. the more vehicles and service providers are networked via the manufacturer-independent ‘business-to-car’ platform, the more people traveling by car benefit from added safety and convenience.

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels



an intelligent access control system that uses RFID technology to identify the authorized driver or drivers switches on the essential functions of the ‘XchangE’. the technical signals from the sensors and the vehicle control system are compiled by a ‘connect’ data-logging unit and transmitted continuously to the cloud, making it possible to analyze all operating data and generate reports, for example for fleet operators.

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels



the ambient interior cabin was developed by strähle+hess, made of textiles whose blue and gray gradients evoke a maritime aesthetic. the focus of the textile development was in particular on the touch and feel of the fabrics, and the raw materials were selected to individually tailor their characteristics to the various comfort zones. natural resources such as merino wool and silk were also used, which were processed at a spinning mill in bregenz, austria.

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels



the high-tech plexiglas roof from evonik industries features a radiant surface coating and reflects all colors of the rainbow. 358 individually controlled LEDs in the ‘endlighten’ headliner and another 98 in the instrument panel create an individual feel-good atmosphere for traveling in comfort and at ease. numerous additional plexiglas elements in front and rear interior facade, rocker panels and rear spoiler, were created by refinement specialist mansory.

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels



at the head of the dashboard, a moveable steering column arguably features the world’s most expensive watch winder by swiss watchmaker carl F. bucherer, who implanted its trademark ‘patravi traveltec’ wristwatch in a transparent globe. when the car is stationary, the globe spins driven by an electric motor and in the process winds the mechanical watch movement.

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels



the futuristic concept demonstrates first hand how users will be able to read, listen to music, surf the web, watch movies in 4K resolution with surround sound, or hold a four-party meeting at 120 km/h and work on your files while brewing a fresh cup of italian espresso. the high-tech self driving living space showcases why individual travel will become more attractive when compared with traveling by train, plane or long-distance coach.

rinspeed XchangE autonomous electric car is a living room on wheels

  • Well, I’ve seen read and seen some ridiculous trot on Designboom in the past but this really tops the lot. merino wool woven at a mill in Austria, swiss watch winder…. who has too much money to finance this rubbish?

    Dr Design says:
  • The idea of an autonomous Tesla sounds dangerous & unwise. Granted a lot of Tesla owners aren’t smart enough to avoid road debris. It’s good to have a human driver to spot and avoid debris. Tesla has located its battery in a vulnerable position and lightly protected the battery. Tesla already has a track record of software and hardware with a lot of glitches. Glitches in an autonomous vehicle could be catastrophic.

    Tesla manufactures more excuses and hype, then cars.

    There has been at least five significant Tesla related fires. Tesla has been dragging its feet on safety and the recall.

    The most recent Tesla garage fire to hit the news was in Toronto. The car supposedly wasn’t even plugged in, so the charging system isn’t likely to be a source. I’m hoping to hear reports from the fire departments investigation, because I don’t trust Tesla’s “fire investigations”, which seem more like coverups.

    There has been at least five Tesla fires. Two Teslas caught on fire after only running over road debris. One Tesla caught on fire and EXPLODED after being in an accident in Mexico. There was a Tesla fire in a California garage, that the Tesla charger connection was ruled as a possible source of the fire by the fire department. Recently there was a Tesla garage fire in Toronto, that so far I haven’t heard the fire department give a ruling. Arguably there has been scores, possibly hundreds of minor Tesla fires. There has been a plethora of Tesla charge connectors that have overheated, melted and burned. Though many Tesla shills will argue that they are not fire. Categorically and scientifically they are often classified as fire. Rapid oxidation or rapid decomposition is often classified as fire. Like the metaphor; where there is smoke, there is fire.

    A few months ago there was a Tesla related garage fire in California that the fire department ruled that the Tesla charging system was a possible source of the fire. The suspect portion of the Tesla charging system that the fire department in California determined was a possible source of the California garage fire, is also suspected in many other Tesla charger reported cases that Tesla charge connections have overheated, melted and burned. Tesla issued a software “fix”, however Tesla charge connectors have continued to overheat, melt and burn despite the so-called “fix”.

    The Tesla model S. still has defects that make it a fire hazard. Tesla charger connections are still overheating, melting and burning. Tesla batteries are poorly located and poorly protected.

    On 01-09-2014 Elon Musk said that replacement adapters that are part of the recall would be mailed out within two weeks. A month later Tesla customers still have not received the replacement adapters that are part of the Tesla model S. recall.

    Several people have been injured by faulty Tesla charge connectors. Tesla is big on making promises and hype, but short on delivery. Tesla needs to start making safety a top priority. Tesla needs to stop playing blame games and games with semantics. Tesla needs to stop lying. Tesla needs to be proactive instead of reactive. Tesla is being a follower of technology, rather than a leader. Tesla is a greedy corporation that has a disregard for safety. The Tesla model S. is an E-Pinto.

    Will Tesla’s designs kill someone, before Tesla starts taking safety seriously?

    Jim says:
  • pffff, Jim. You did your homework. Maybe you should have gone for a walk instead to chill-off a bit.

    Cool car, I like the idea of a (self)driving cinema.

    Jan says:
  • Using Tesla 41 times in your comment, is this some kind of SEO trick to troll the brand?

    mikipi says:
  • Appreciate the information Jim. Once the swooning and hyperventilating over the design has subsided, its good to know the drawbacks – which seem to significantly outweigh the aesthetics and technological promise, if your information is accurate.

    Who’d have thought a desire for profits, excited by the ‘free market’, would blind a company to safety concerns?

    douglas says:
  • Great concept, A big however factor is Eyes on the road at all times while driving. I would not put my life on the line with a handful of electronics while you are moving and doing something else ie watching a movie in 4K.

    Seawolf235 says:
  • jajajjajjajajjajajajajajaja

  • Technology should be used to facilitate and develop the community life, and help the human being to keep a good balance between mind and body, instead of collaborate for metrosexual egocentricity, isolated from the rest of the world and addicted to pleasure and leisure.

    Sérgio Werneck de Figueiredo says:
  • I would think that an interior that is not as cramped as this would be preferable. Something more in the shape of a lower than normal mini van. More space without the additional height. The interior presented here does not appear to be comfortable at all. It looks like the people were poured into the car. How about a video showing all of the contortions that people go through to ‘layback’ or to change the seats around?
    Silly concept forced into an existing auto.

    Ron Smith says:

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