“Think mighty micro!” is now the new Rinspeed motto at the CES 2019.
The world premiere will take place in Las Vegas on January 7, 2019.
Company head Frank M. Rinderknecht has shrunk the “Snap” into the “microSNAP” with the dimensions of a Renault Twizy.
And for the first time, Rinspeed demonstrates a fully automated robot station that joins and separates chassis and bodies autonomously.
Because online business is booming and now includes the fresh food sector as well, the Swiss national believes in small autonomous vehicles that swarm out and bring their goods to the customer without detours and ‘just in time.’
It couldn’t be faster or more simple - even refrigerated or heated.
However, his vision also includes two-seater ‘robo units‘, which take the shortest route to convey their passengers to their destination efficiently and in comfort.
Rinderknecht is certain: “Customers increasingly want prompt deliveries and many passengers are unwilling to use shared taxis, which have to take time-consuming detours by design.”
A startup is now on the drawing boards and talks with investors are underway to put the “Snap” on the road.
Be it the “Snap” or the “microSNAP,” the basic idea is the same: While the bodies last as long as a car does today, the chassis contain all the components that are subject to wear and aging, such as the computer technology for autonomous driving.
“Skateboards” (chassis) and “Pods” (bodies) are only temporary companions for brief periods.
Various types of bodies use whatever skateboards are currently available.
The skateboards are recycled after a few years, because they will have reached the end of their service life.
They thus elegantly avoid an expensive and complicated hardware update.