Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Rinspeed | posted December 09, 2014 06:37
Budii is a concept autonomous car
Rinspeed, a small Swiss automaker specializing in concept vehicles, has released a teaser photo and minor details about their upcoming model to be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show 2015.
Called the Budii, it is described by company founder Frank M. Rinderknecht as a vehicle to “redefine the relationship between man and machine."
"Until now, what we have primarily associated with auto mobility was freedom and individuality. And - consciously or unconsciously - we are prepared to pay a high price in many regards for these privileges. We need only look at the accident statistics. Autonomous driving undoubtedly offers the opportunity to drastically diminish some of the drawbacks of private transport. For example, the number of traffic accidents could drop worldwide. But although it will be less prone to err than humans, even the best technology will not be perfect. "That is something we will have to accept. We should not develop a blind, but rather a healthy faith in the new capabilities of the hardware and software. They will keep learning each day, and as a result will get better and better at mastering the complex challenges of modern-day private transport," said Rinderknecht.
The Budii concept car appears to be a subcompact hatch with a very futuristic design to match its highly advance autonomous driving system. With its directive of catering to the needs of humans, it will possess an autopilot that will have the capacity to learn on the fly and build a driving profile based on the habits and preferences of its owner.
To be more advance than current autonomous concept vehicles, the Budii will feature a ‘state-of-the-art sensitive robotic arm’ connected to the steering wheel that will assist both the driver and front passenger in steering whenever the urge arises.
"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," added Rinderknecht.