Headlining the Rinspeed Micromax’s unique equipment list is its innovative ‘upright seats’, which allow it to accommodate a driver and three adult passengers as well as a pram or shopping cart. The passengers are strapped into a mild squatting position – two facing forward, one facing back – in the 2.2m-tall cabin.
Aiming to create a comfortable longue-style atmosphere, the Micromax comes with a coffee maker and a fridge as well as internet connectivity to aid working while on the move or for entertainment purposes.
The Micromax can also be stripped out for use as a versatile, compact delivery van.
Rinspeed boss and Micromax creator Frank Rinderknecht said a smartphone application linked to the concept was designed to merge personal with public transport by encouraging people to share trips in urban environments.
“You need to go to work on a regular basis or want to go somewhere right now and in no time at all you find the driver that'll give you a ride,” Rinderknecht said.
“Micromax, with its unique upright seats, is the perfect thing for swift short-distance transfers.”
The Swiss concept will make its international debut in Geneva on March 7, 2013.