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No driver required for this concept car, but an espresso machine is a must

Equipped with everything from a rear 32-inch 4K display to an espresso machine, Rinspeed’s vision for driverless cars looks less like something you’d find inside an automobile and more like taking a business-class trip on board an airplane.

The Swiss automaker showed off its XchangeE concept car at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. And while many of these ideas may never hit the road, it’s still interesting to see a carmaker dreaming big.

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The XchangeE concept car includes multiple touch panels on its dashboard. That’s a Windows 8 tablet on the right.

On the outside, the XchangeE looks like another high end car. But things are very different on the interior, starting with a dashboard which includes multiple touch panels and what appears to be a tablet running Windows 8. When the steering wheel isn’t needed, it can be docked in the middle of the dashboard; it isn’t physically connected to the car’s wheels but uses a steer-by-wire set-up, which means the wheels are in effect remote controlled. Moving the steering wheel allows passengers to reconfigure their seats, setting them into a recline mode or even swiveling them around to watch that 4K display in the back of the car.

Rinspeed also said the car would be connected to an LTE network, allowing passengers to work, answer email or post social media updates from the road.

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No one’s going anywhere until I’ve had my coffee.

To set the mood, passengers can adjust 358 individually controlled LED lights throughout the cabin. There are an additional 98 LEDs in the instrument panel. Along with that on-board espresso machine, Rinspeed also built in a watch winder above the steering wheel.

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