Rinspeed’s MicroSNAP Concept Is A Pint-Sized Autonomous EV With A Skateboard Chassis

Following a preview in October, Rinspeed has released new details about its upcoming microSNAP concept.

Set to debut at CES early next year, the microSNAP is essentially a smaller version of the previous SNAP concept. The model has the same dimensions as the Renault Twizy and is an autonomous electric vehicle that has been designed for transporting goods and people.

Like the previous SNAP concept, the microSNAP rides on a skateboard chassis that houses the concept’s powertrain and autonomous driving system. A variety of different pods can be installed on top of the chassis and they include everything from a two-person passenger pod to a delivery pod which can be used to transport food or packages.

The video even shows the microSNAP being used without a pod. Instead, it has been outfitted with a raised platform that allows the concept to deliver larger items such as bicycles or motorcycles.

Since the microSNAP consists of two distinct components, they can be swapped out on demand. Cars can last for decades, so the same skateboard chassis could be used for ten or twenty years. The pod, on the other hand, could be swapped out more often to ensure the car remains equipped with a modern interior that features the latest technology.

The microSNAP was designed by 4erC and it has been outfitted with micro-pixel LED headlights and a digital license plate. The model also has exterior lights that communicate with other road users.

While the passenger pod doesn’t look too interesting, it’s surprisingly high-tech as it has dimmable windows, an iris scanner and interior lights that adapt to the mood of the occupants. The pod also boasts leather and knitted fabric upholstery as well as a 49-inch curved LED display for entertainment purposes. Speaking of entertainment, the pod has two separate sound zones so passengers can each listen to their own music or entertainment program without disturbing the other.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, the microSNAP recognizes passengers and will instantly personalize the vehicle to match their preferences. Rinspeed says this allows the concept to feel like a user’s personal vehicle even if it is owned by someone else.

Users can also operate the concept simply by speaking to it. The model also supports popular voice assistants such as Alexa, Cortana and Siri. Even Samsung’s Bixby is supported, so it’s strange that Google Assistant is missing.

Regardless, Rinspeed wants to put the microSNAP into production and the company is talking to investors about getting the concept on the road.

 

more photos...
  • Bash

    That’s a nice golf cart.

Tesla Model 3 Performance Is The M3 Rival BMW Never Anticipated

On paper, the Model 3 Performance destroys the M3 in a straight line and costs the same money.

Woman Awarded $37 Million After Odyssey Crash Left Her A Quadriplegic, Honda Appeals

Honda says it will “vigorously” appeal the decision as the Odyssey complies with federal safety standards.

2019 Geneva Motor Show A-To-Z Of All New Cars And Concepts (Updated)

A round up of all the production and concept cars debuting at the Geneva Motor Show.

McLaren Will Launch 18 New Cars By 2025, Including P1 Successor

An electric hypercar is also in development, McLaren’s chief of design operations said.

Did You Know Neiman Marcus Offered A London Taxi Burberry Edition In The States?

The LHD London Taxi was sold in 2002 and features a stylish Burberry leather interior.

Nissan Altima Recalled Over Rear Doors That Could Open Unexpectedly… Again

Lowering the rear window could open the rear door in certain 2015-2017 Altima sedans.

Powerlifter Lifts Jeep And Saves Trapped Man After Michigan Crash

Ryan Belcher usually lifts weights but on Valentine’s Day, he lifted a Jeep.

EU Automotive Association Warns Against Trump’s Proposed Car Tariffs

President Trump has 90 days to decide if he wants to enforce tariffs on imported cars or not.

The McLaren Of Eyewear Is Coming This Spring Courtesy Of L’Amy

The glasses feature 3D-printed titanium frames and distinctive ‘floating’ lenses.

2020 Nissan Juke Will Remain Funky Despite Switch To New Platform

The CMF-B architecture will enable the new Juke to offer a hybrid version and a roomier interior.