Rinspeed MicroMAX Concept: 6 Upright Seats In MINI-Sized Van

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Every year at the Geneva Motor Show, Swiss carmaker Rinspeed shows off its latest confusing concept to the assembled crowds.

In 2012, it displayed the Dock+Go--a lightly disguised Smart Electric Drive with a docking system to accept a larger battery pack. In 2011, it was the Bamboo, a beach-buggy style electric car.

For 2013, it will preview the MicroMAX, intended to "revolutionize urban traffic".

We've heard similarly utopian phrases before, but Rinspeed's vehicle works on the theory that people will share the MicroMAX to their place of work, not only saving space in a relatively small vehicle, but reducing the quantity of commuting traffic.

It's somewhere between a bus, taxi and personal vehicle on the transport scale, yet offers a unique interior courtesy of its tall, 86.6-inch height.

Six passengers sit (or should that be perch?) on upright seats, but each has its own safety belt for a little more security than offered in the average bus. At just under 12 feet long it's no longer than a MINI, but the upright seating affords each passenger surprising space.

Rinspeed microMAX concept car

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Adding to a lounge-like feel is a coffee maker, refrigerator, and internet connectivity, to make for a relaxed and productive commute. Connectivity is taken further as each passenger will flag down their nearest MicroMAX using a computer or smartphone--the nearest driver simply arrives to pick you up. Rinspeed describes it as "the car to go with the app".

As you may expect, the MicroMAX is also an electric vehicle. The more people who use it, the greater the saving on harmful emissions and greenhouse gases.

As a pie-in-the-sky concept no details on its specification have been released just yet, but we can expect a little more information when the Geneva Show starts on March 7, 2013.

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Comments (2)
  1. Pie-in-the-sky...maybe more literally than one would expect since cowboy airline operator Ryan O'Leary proposed similar seats to be fitted on his planes, except without the seatbelts which in his opinion wouldn't do any good anyway if one of his poorly maintained and marginally fuelled planes fell out of the sky.

    Maybe the concept should be limited to airport buses.

  2. Sorry, I prefer to sit. Also, I'm not too keen on getting doused with hot coffee if we need to swerve or hit the brakes, thanks to their hip coffee shop on wheels.

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