An elevator can only go up and down. A Wonkavator can go sideways and slantways and longways and backways. So, too, can the latest bizarro concept from Frank Rinderknecht’s Rinspeed design house, the Oasis.
Set to debut at CES Las Vegas, the new Oasis features wheels that can be turned on their own axis. With that capability built-in, the car will be able to crab-walk sideways into tight parking spots and turn around completely in the space of its own length. Those are features that Frank thinks are perfectly suited to the food delivery business.
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That’s right. The Rinspeed Oasis features a temperature-controlled cargo compartment that they claim is ideal for keeping food at the perfect delivery temperature. Plus smart, connected features and driverless autonomy. That means the Oasis could pull up to your house, call you up, and let you know your food was outside. Meanwhile, the Oasis’ two passengers will be patiently waiting in their wing-back chairs, their drinks sitting peacefully on their coffee tables while “Liking” cat videos on Facebook.
Sounds absolutely terrible to me. But remember, this is the guy who turned a Tesla Model S into a tiny camper. He also insists that young people want to drive around in tiny boxes. That, despite the fact that it was mostly aging baby-boomers who bought the Scion xB and Honda Element (in the US, at least).
As both the Scion and the Honda have been discontinued, I think Rinspeed’s Oasis will enjoy a similarly “glorious” future. I could be wrong, though. What do you think? Let us know if Frank’s automotive futurology resonates with you in the comments section at the bottom of the page.