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Unlike other automakers that mass produce their vehicles, Local Motors co-creates vehicles with a global community of designers, engineers and enthusiasts. So far the group has produced one car, the Rally Fighter, and now it has signed a contract to build a 3D-printed electric version of the vehicle for the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

Green Halo - First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at 2014 IMTSThe Rally Fighter electric vehicle is set to be the first direct digitally manufactured vehicle to debut at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, which takes place in September. The 3D-printed Rally Fighter designed by a global community will be built to meet the city’s growing urban transportation needs.

“IMTS is the perfect venue on which to showcase the next evolution of Local Motors’ World of Vehicle Innovations,“ said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. “To deliver the first co-created, locally relevant, 3D-printed vehicle on an international stage dedicated to celebrating cutting-edge manufacturing technology is powerful reinforcement of our commitment to driving the Third Industrial Revolution.”

Local Motors is set to change the way we think about buying cars, since its business model focuses on building small scale vehicles that are actually designed by potential customers. A few other automakers are doing similar projects, but most of those Rolls-Royce and Bugatti models are far out of reach for the average consumer. Local Motors hopes that its crowdsourced cars will make customized vehicles more accessible to more people.

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Pretty soon Autonomous vehicles will be a reality, but few automakers have demonstrated how the shift could forever change a standard car’s interior. Rinspeed is giving the world a preview of the future with its Tesla Model S-based XchangeE concept, a fancy new auto office, which will make its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show.

Green Halo - Tesla Model S Turned into Self-Driving, Mobile Office Technology

On the outside, autonomous vehicles will look almost identical to today’s vehicles, but there is a lot of room to dramatically change the interior. Since drivers no longer need to spend all of their time paying attention to the road, Rinspeed has asked the question: how will the interior of a vehicle have to be designed to let the now largely unburdened driver make optimal use of the gain in time?

“So far hardly anyone has taken this to its logical conclusion from the perspective of the driver. After all, traveling in a driverless car will no longer require me to stare at the road, but will let me spend my time in a more meaningful way,” stated Rinspeed’s boss Frank M. Rinderknecht.

Green Halo - Tesla Model S Turned into Self-Driving, Mobile Office Technology 2

Rinspeed sought to answer this question with the XchangeE concept, which has an interior that looks more like a living room than a car. The standard seats from the Model S have been swapped out and in exchange Rinspeed has installed new seats reminiscent of the relaxing business-class seats of major airlines. The new seats can tilt and swivel with more than 20 possible seating arrangements. Also, since the steering wheel isn’t needed all the time, the futuristic TRW steering wheel can slide out of the way.

Now that you’re now riding in more comfortable seats, what would make you enjoy the ride even more? Flipping the seats around the rear allows the driver and front passenger to watch movies on a 32-inch screen, which is one of four screens in the XchangE concept. The XchangE concept is also fully connected to the outside world via Car-2-Car, Car-2-Object technology and an LTE network.the Model S have been swapped out and in exchange Rinspeed has installed new seats reminiscent of the relaxing business-class seats of major airlines. The new seats can tilt and swivel with more than 20 possible seating arrangements. Also, since the steering wheel isn’t needed all the time, the futuristic TRW steering wheel can slide out of the way.

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