According to Rinspeed’s head Frank M. Rinderknecht, autonomous vehicles will not be risk-free, however they will be developed as “learning” machines and as such will keep getting better day after day.
Based on this idea, the Swiss company has developed Budii, an electric car designed to become the driver’s “best buddy,” an autopilot and a chauffeur that adapts to the habits and preferences of its “boss.”
The laboratory car will showcase a host of innovations, mainly revolving around humans and their needs, as well as vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity capabilities.
The car for the city and surrounding countryside will handle the often inconvenient daily routine trips independently, while the “pilot” will still be able to take the wheel as usual on fun weekend trips. The ingenious twist: the steering wheel is supported by a state‐of‐the‐art sensitive robot arm, which ena‐ bles both the driver and the front passenger to steer. And if nobody feels like steering, it is simply parked in center position.
Frank M. Rinderknecht commented: “Until now, what we have primarily associated with auto mobility was freedom and indi‐ viduality. 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.”
Rinderknecht is sure: “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.”
The Rinspeed “Budii” is the twenty‐first proprietary concept vehicle of the Swiss “Think Tank” and “Innovation Lab”.