For more than 35 years, the Swiss innovation lab Rinspeed is changing the mobile world with visionary mobility concepts, amphibious vehicles and its use of sustainable materials and drive systems. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Frank M. Rinderknecht and his team will be presenting to the public the Budii. This new car again has an autopilot, yet also adapts to the driver's habits and preferences.
The transurban concept car is equipped with innovative hardware and software, which the Budii uses to collect, process and store information from its environment. The car relies on more than its own experience, however; it also observes the behavior of others on the road along its route and takes it into account in the future.
The driver will appreciate another technological highlight. The Manero PowerReserve built by Carl F. Bucherer is mounted on the steering wheel. This sophisticated, highly functional clock combines an integrated power reserve display with a precise CFB A1011 manufacturing movement, making it the perfect match for this innovative concept car. The status of the power reserve is monitored by video to ensure that the automatic clock never runs out of energy. When the display slips down into the red, the robotic arm of the steering wheel is engaged to function as a watch winder to recharge the power reserve. By helping to ensure that the driver is always on time, Budii proves to be a real "friend on wheels".
These concept cars are the product of a creative spirit unhindered by typical conventions that prefers to blaze its own ambitious trails. This is a philosophy shared by Rinspeed and Carl Friedrich Bucherer, the founder of the watch brand from Lucerne.