Subscribe:
Chilton’s Repair:
Sponsored Ads:
Car Charger:
Sponsored Ads:
AutoBarn.com:
Auto Europe:
SuperTune Auto Parts:
AUTO RACING NECK SUPPORT BLACK HORSESHOE ADULT NECK BRACE SFI 3.3 FIRE PROOF
$27.99
End Date: Sunday Jun-9-2019 12:44:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $27.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

B&M 80642 Universal Auto / Automatic Trans T-Handle Shift Knob (BLACK)
$25.95
End Date: Tuesday Jun-18-2019 20:02:15 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MOTORCYCLE AND AUTO VALVE LAPPING COMPOUND 220 GRIT
$5.75
End Date: Friday May-31-2019 10:51:27 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5.75
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

ZAMP - ZR-30 SFI-5 Auto Racing Shoes - SFI Rated Nomex Lightweight Suede Shoe
$79.95
End Date: Monday Jun-10-2019 14:40:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $79.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MOTORCYCLE AND AUTO VALVE LAPPING COMPOUND 80 GRIT
$4.75
End Date: Monday Jun-17-2019 13:26:03 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $4.75
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

5" Inch RPM Tachometer Gauge 7 Color 11K LED Black Shift Light Race Auto Meter
$29.99
End Date: Friday Jun-7-2019 8:11:31 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

STV Motorsports Universal Black 4 Point 2 Inch Straps Auto Harness Seat Belt
$69.99
End Date: Monday Jun-17-2019 15:24:22 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $69.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

ZAMP - RZ-55 SA2010 Auto Racing Helmet Snell Rated Matte Black size small
$100.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-15-2019 14:24:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $100.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MOTORCYCLE AND AUTO VALVE LAPPING COMPOUND 120 GRIT
$6.10
End Date: Wednesday Jun-12-2019 15:16:13 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $6.10
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

STV Motorsports Auto Seat Belt Harness 4 Point 2" RZR XP1K Yamaha Can-Am (Pair)
$120.00
End Date: Wednesday Jun-19-2019 14:21:18 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $120.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

PostHeaderIcon Rinspeed Snap Mobility Concept

From the maker of some of the most bizarre vehicular creations in recent automotive history, Rinspeed is back at it with another, well, futuristic offering. It’s called the Snap Mobility Concept, and its name doesn’t do enough justice to what exactly it’s capable of doing. No, there’s no garden growing inside of it like the Oasis Concept from 2016, but it does have a chassis that can connect to different cabins, or “pods,” as Rinspeed likes to call them.

The whole concept isn’t at all different from how trucks can carry different trailers, but the Snap Mobility Concept takes that approach on an entirely different level because an entire cabin can be removed and replaced with another, resulting in a concept that’s not at all too different from the Surus platform concept that General Motors unveiled earlier this week. Rinspeed’s whole objective with the concept is to reduce congestion and pollution in crowded cities, so it’s no surprise that the Snap Mobility Concept is completely autonomous and runs on a fully electric powertrain. The actual details and figures are still being withheld though rest assured, there’s a lot more to this concept than meets the eye. Keep an eye out for it when it makes its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2018.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Rinspeed Snap Mobility Concept

Exterior


2018 Rinspeed Snap Mobility Concept - image 738659

The Rinspeed Snap Mobility Concept does not have a traditional exterior. In fact, a case can be made that the exterior of the concept is limited to its platform, which looks like an oversized skateboard. According to the Swiss company, these platforms, or “backbones,” come equipped with “long-lasting IT components that are not bound to be outdated quickly” and are free from any mechanical wear. The box-like front and rear sections have their traditional automotive features like headlights and taillights, but everything else looks different, including the biggest design wild card of all them: the pods themselves.

I honestly don’t know how to describe it because, on its own, it looks like an elevated office that can be connected to the platform through some means that Rinspeed has yet to describe. If an owner decides to switch pods, he can remove the existing one that he has on the concept and replace it with another pod that serves a different purpose. These pods are the main attraction of the whole concept because according to Rinspeed, they can keep swapping them out without having to worry about turning them obsolete. Even the the platform is designed to function long-term, but in the event, they do get outdated, owners can just swap them out for a new platform, and their vehicle is good as new again.

Interior


2017 Rinspeed Oasis - image 697643

Note: Rinspeed Oasis Concept pictured here.

I suppose the interior of the Snap Mobility Concept is fluid, as it all depends on the kind of pod that’s being used at a given point in time. What I can surmise at this point is that each of these pods come with plenty of space – enough to at least create different environments. If an owner wants to design his pod like a living room, he can do that. If he wants to design it like an office, he can do that too. A kitchen perhaps? A movie theater? There are no limits to what kind of pod can come out from Rinspeed’s concept. There are even pods that can be created for commercial purposes, whether it’s something like a delivery truck, cargo transport, or maybe even a mobile restaurant. Everything’s up to the imagination of the owner, supposing that the whole concept does progress far enough to actually become something tangible.

Rinspeed even says that owners can set up their pods like offices and set them up in a specific location in the center of the city. It’s literally like your office has the ability to be stationary and on the move at any given point in a day.

Drivetrain


2018 Rinspeed Snap Mobility Concept - image 738666

This section is clouded in mystery because Rinspeed hasn’t said anything about the concept’s powertrain other than saying its autonomous and fully electric. That said, we can at least surmise that some kind of electric motor will be powering the platform and the pods. I do think that it should at least be a powerful enough battery to accommodate some of the purposes an owner may have for his pod. It would be a bummer if somebody decides to turn a pod into a personal office and have to charge the batteries every few hours so that he doesn’t run out of power.

Conclusion


2018 Rinspeed Snap Mobility Concept - image 738647

And, here I thought that the Rinspeed Oasis Concept was outlandish enough with its own interior garden. Obviously, I completely underestimated what Rinspeed is capable of doing because the Snap Mobility Concept is unlike anything I’ve seen in quite some time. I get the whole point of it, but there are other aspects of it – the feasibility of the whole switching platforms routine – that make me wonder if the people over at Rinspeed just had far too much time on their hands that they decided to create something as curious as this concept. It’s definitely interesting, that much I’m willing to concede. But, as far as viability is concerned, I need to learn more about the purpose and objective of this concept to have a better understanding of what exactly we’re dealing with here. In that regard, the Consumer Electronics Show can’t come soon enough.

  • Leave it
    • What’s the point?
    • Is it really feasible?
    • Not counting on it becoming anything more than a concept

References


2017 Rinspeed Oasis - image 697634

Read our full review on the Rinspeed Oasis concept.


2015 Rinspeed Etos Concept - image 659883

Read more Rinspeed news.

Comments are closed.

TiresDirect
SuperTune Kit:
Auto Auctions:
1969 Chevrolet Other Pickups Deluxe 1969 CHEVROLET TRUCK ORIGINAL MILE RESTORED SURVIVOR 4 WHEEL DRIVE BARN Find
$44,000.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-22-2019 9:18:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $44,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1959 Chevrolet Other Pickups deluxe 1959 chevrolet pickup apache fleetside big window project V/8 1959 GMC
$6,000.00
End Date: Monday Jun-10-2019 20:17:43 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $6,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1960 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1960 GMC Custom Crew Cab Truck
$566.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jun-1-2019 4:00:44 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Ford Mustang S Code 390 4 BBL 1969 Ford Mustang S Code Coupe 390 4 BBL Top Loader 4 Speed
$30,100.00 (60 Bids)
End Date: Saturday May-25-2019 12:18:45 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2011 Chevrolet Other Pickups LT 3500 Chevrolet Dually
$15,500.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday May-30-2019 15:30:48 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1991 Ford Mustang Convertible GT NO RESERVE!!! 1991 Mustang GT Convertible 5.0 1987 1988 1989 1990 1992 1993
$2,200.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday May-29-2019 18:00:33 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1940 Ford Other Coupe 1940 Ford 5 Window Coupe Coupe LS2 4 Speed Automatic
$20,100.00 (29 Bids)
End Date: Saturday May-25-2019 22:11:53 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat 86,372 Miles Pale Adobe Metallic 4D SuperCrew 5.0L V8 FFV
$1,025.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-27-2019 16:15:53 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1959 Chevrolet Other Pickups DeLuxe 1959 GMC- CANADIAN BUILT-ORIGINAL-SHORT BED-DRIVER
$15,500.00
End Date: Friday May-24-2019 20:42:51 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $15,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1966 Ford Other Pickups Custom ford econoline pickup 1966 NO RESERVE
$6,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday May-26-2019 9:05:21 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT 2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT 26,643 Miles Black 2D Coupe 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT 6-Speed A
$580.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Sunday May-26-2019 12:57:45 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1971 Chevrolet C-10 Base 1971 Chevrolet C-20 Dually
$400.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday May-28-2019 10:00:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2000 Chevrolet Corvette C5 2000 C5 Corvette
$14,100.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jun-1-2019 23:00:44 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups Deluxe 1957 Chevy 3200 Pacific Bell Utility Truck
$9,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday May-31-2019 11:56:21 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2018 Ford F-150 PLATINUM LIFTED FORD CREW CAB PLATINUM 4X4 ECOBOOST LEATHER NAV ROOF CUSTOM WHEELS TIRES
$26,100.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-27-2019 13:02:30 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1971 Chevrolet C-10 base 1971 chevy c10
$17,600.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Thursday May-30-2019 10:27:58 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups Pickup 1946 Chevrolet Pickup - 350CI V8 - Automatic - Power Steering - Air Conditioning
$6,550.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday May-28-2019 11:28:04 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1934 Ford Other Coupe 383 stroker 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe Coupe 383 stroker 700R4
$36,600.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Saturday May-25-2019 8:59:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Chevrolet C-10 Base 1969 chevrolet c-10 shortbed stepside
$4,500.00
End Date: Sunday May-26-2019 8:55:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $4,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 Mustang Mach 1
$22,500.00
End Date: Thursday May-30-2019 12:44:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $22,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Texas Direct Auto 2017 ZL1 Used 6.2L V8 16V Automatic RWD Coupe Bose Premium
$50,100.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Saturday May-25-2019 10:06:46 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $54,970.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Conv 327/365 Frame Off Resro 4 Spd Black/Black Nice !!!
$54,250.00
End Date: Sunday May-26-2019 10:35:57 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $54,250.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1965 Ford Mustang coupe 1965 Ford mustang
$18,000.00
End Date: Friday Jun-7-2019 16:23:17 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $18,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1964 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1964 Chevrolet C-20 Stepside
$3,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday May-28-2019 17:56:26 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1966 Ford Mustang 2 door 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible
$5,100.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday May-29-2019 10:12:07 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1968 Ford Mustang GT 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback S Code Raven Black GT 4 Speed Ford Executive Car LOOK
$22,000.00
End Date: Tuesday May-28-2019 7:20:18 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $22,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1970 Ford Mustang 2 door 1970 Ford mustang Fastback
$10,300.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday May-28-2019 7:46:38 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1970 Ford Other Pickups Custom 1970 Ford F-350, crew cab, long box, Cummins diesel, 5 speed, air ride, custom
$8,200.00 (30 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-27-2019 22:05:26 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2018 Ford F-150 LIMITED FORD CREW CAB LIMITED 4X4 ECOBOOST LEATHER NAV ROOF CUSTOM NEW LIFT WHEELS TIRES
$27,100.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Monday May-27-2019 13:02:18 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1966 Ford Mustang GT 1966 Ford Mustang GT A Code 289 Four Speed Disc Brakes Factory Color Combo
$20,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday May-25-2019 10:35:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $39,995.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list