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Trevor Collett | Oct, 13 2015 | 2 Comments

Swiss carmaker Rinspeed is persisting with its focus on self-driving cars as it prepares to debut its latest concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Called the Etos, the new concept continues the autonomous theme established in Rinspeed’s Buddi concept from this year’s Geneva Motor Show and the XchangE concept from 2013.

But unlike the afore mentioned, the Etos stretches the ‘normal’ envelope further by adding a landing pad for a drone at the rear of its sporting two-door coupe body.

Why? To land the drone upon, of course, as the Etos comes equipped with one of its own.

Rinspeed says the drone can be used to film the vehicle while driving - which takes the whole ‘dash-cam’ thing to a whole new level.

The drone can also be used to collect items, such as flowers or food, which a passenger has ordered.

Simply drive up to the front door (we’re guessing) and the florist will load a bouquet of flowers into the drone which obediently brings the bouquet back to the car; given you’ve already paid for it online.

Inside, the Etos features a two-seat layout with a fold-away steering wheel for when fully-autonomous driving is in play. There’s also a centrally-mounted touchscreen, and an adjustable rectangular screen in front of each passenger.

Like the Buddi and XchangE before it, the Etos is expected to be powered by an all-electric motor although Rinspeed is yet to confirm this.

As with most of Rinspeed’s concepts, a production version is not expected to follow once the covers come off the Etos in Las Vegas.

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