Rinspeed Etos is a Self-Driving BMW i8 with Its Own Drone

Rinspeed has created some outrageous concepts over the years, but the Etos might be its craziest yet.

Based on the BMW i8, the Rinspeed Etos will make its debut at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) early next year in Las Vegas and is a self-driving coupe packed to the brim with technology. Before we dive into the car itself, the Etos features its very own drone on the back, which Rinspeed says can perform tasks such as picking up flowers on your way home or hover ahead of the Etos to livestream your driving experience. The drone’s landing pad and the glass roof are made from Corning Gorilla Glass, which is lightweight and tough.

Helping set it apart from a standard BMW i8, the Rinspeed Etos has redesigned front and rear bumpers, 20-inch wheels and a 12,000-LED display. But climbing into the interior is when things really get extreme. Since this is an autonomous vehicle, the cabin has been designed for comfort when the driver isn’t actually driving. The steering wheel on the Etos retracts to help the driver relax, while a pair of 21.5-inch widescreen color displays allow passengers to watch different forms of entertainment.

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There are a total of eight cameras mounted on the outside of the car, giving it a 360-degree view and a blind spot-free virtual image of the car’s surroundings to the driver. There’s also an eye-tracking system that can determine road hazards the driver has and has not seen, helping the computer determine what warnings to display. In addition, the side mirrors only display images when the driver is looking at them.

As crazy as all of it sounds with the Etos, the reality is vehicle’s of the future could be this – and it isn’t that far off.

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