This futuristic concept car is a garden on wheels

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Swiss auto manufacturer Rinspeed has revealed a truly crazy concept car that will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show that runs January 5-8.

Rinspeed essentially jammed the car with every tech feature the auto industry has been talking about this year, from self-driving tech to gesture-controlled displays that can tell you when the traffic light will turn green.

The concept car will also make an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show that begins January 8, but for now we only have renderings and a teaser video to draw from. Scroll down for the features that have been teased:


Called the Oasis, the concept car is an electric vehicle that can be owned or shared with others through a ride-hailing app.

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Rinspeed teased in its video that people can see the number of cars available and then choose which one to hail based on the passenger already inside. The app looks a bit like Tinder, in that users flip through each passenger’s profile and literally “heart” the passenger they’re most keen on traveling with.


Once you select what Oasis car to get in based on the passenger, you’ll be greeted by a light display on the ground.


The car itself is a self-driving, electric vehicle with a top speed exceeding 130 kilometers-per-hour (or 80 mph), Rinspeed claims. It can accelerate to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds.

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To really qualify the “Oasis” name, Rinspeed added a garden area behind the windshield that has “enough space for growing radishes or even little Bonsai trees.”

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You can access the garden through a little window that also lets you change the temperature or air circulation inside.

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The car comes with a massive, curved 5K widescreen display that comes with voice and gesture control.

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The interactive display system, made by Harman, lets you do everything from watch movies…

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… to alerting you of upcoming obstacles…


… and even telling you when the light will turn green, presumably through a vehicle-to-infrastructure communication system. Rinspeed says the car only offers a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system in its press release.


The car also comes with a heads-up display to provide guidance when making turns when a driver is behind the wheel.


The car also offers a host of other little innovative features, like retractable air vents and spinning seats to make it easier to exit.

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The steering wheel also can fold down when the car is in manual mode…


… and comes with a built in keyboard with cupholders.

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For an electric car, it sure comes with a lot of features requiring a lot of power. From this teaser video, it looks like some of the car’s energy needs could be offset from collecting solar power.

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But in its video, Rinspeed showed that if the car battery runs low, it will pull over to wait for robots carrying extra battery packs. You can then add the battery packs to the car instead of looking for a charging station.

The Rinspeed car is only a concept, but it’s packed with almost every tech feature imaginable as the auto industry works to makes cars more high-tech and connected than ever before.

It will be far from the only concept at CES that looks more like a computer on wheels than a traditional car, and it says a lot about where vehicles are heading, even if the design itself if fairly ridiculous.