Rinspeed shows ‘MetroSnap’ at CES
Rinspeed, the Swiss engineering company, founded by Frank Rinderknecht, will be showing a smart modular concept, ‘MetroSnap’, at the 2020 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
The company demonstrated the ‘Snap’ and the ‘microSNAP’ already at the CES in Las Vegas in the past two years, vehicles whose chassis and bodies go their own ways.
With the separation of the two vehicle components, Rinspeed confronts the increasingly diverging life cycles of hardware and software, and by doing so, it creates a sustainable foundation for the transport of people and goods in the world of tomorrow.
Modular mobility systems
Rinspeed believes that the future belongs to modular mobility systems. However, the systems also have to make economic sense to gain broad acceptance. And that is where Rinspeed is taking a step ahead.
In the ‘MetroSnap’, Rinspeed presents a simple, fast, safe, and inexpensive swapping system for the vehicle bodies for which the Swiss company has filed for patent protection.
Modular vehicles can help to solve the majority of the problems and questions posed by modern mobility. They arise as a result of new IT technologies, such as autonomous driving, and traffic congestion, and associated inefficiency, and air pollution.
“Due to the flexible use of different vehicle bodies, these vehicles not only reduce the number of tremendously expensive and systemically short-lived automated vehicles. They also satisfy – depending on the time of day and current needs – the different transport requirements of people and goods,” says Rinspeed.
Thanks to the swapping system – inspired by aviation, and tried and tested there around the world in all weather conditions – entirely new applications become possible. Among other things, the desired service now comes to the customer quickly and simply, regardless of where he or she may be at the time – at home or work.
This can be customer-accessible parcel stations that are dropped off in the customer’s neighborhood for a certain period. Even combinations with a “corner health food shop” are conceivable, according to Rinspeed. This innovative way of getting parcels to the customer faster and easier can already be used today with a human driver. Parcel stations on wheels, right around the corner.
Because the batteries are split up between the ‘Pod’ (vehicle body) and the ‘Skateboard’ (chassis), the vehicle does not need to be parked for charging. The charging process takes place without wasted time while cleaning or loading the Pod.
Rinspeed refers to this as ‘Hot Swap’, the swapping of the vehicle bodies including the batteries in a matter of seconds: “the vehicle is ready to go almost as quickly as a racecar after a pit stop.”
The world premiere of the ‘MetroSnap’ will be on January 7, 2020, at the CES in Las Vegas. In spring 2020, it can be admired at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and at the Geneva Motor Show.