Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR

The purpose of a concept car is to highlight the designs, styling and technology that the public can expect in future vehicles from the manufacturer.

They are often spectacular, and in the current automotive environment in which cars are becoming stuffed to the grilles with new tech, those concepts can become an even more jaw-droppingly marvel.

Case in point, the Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR (which stands for Advanced Vehicle Transformation), or AVATAR.

It’s actually a little more bonkers than most, inspired as it is by the movie Avatar and that film’s look, feel, and concept of humans and machines being able to interact on a very high level.

For example, according to the info released by Daimler, there is a biometric connection feature in the AVTR that means ‘instead of a conventional steering wheel, the multifunctional control element in the centre console allows human and machine to merge. By placing the hand on the control unit, the interior comes to life and the vehicle recognises the driver by his or her heartbeat and breathing.

‘By simply lifting the hand, a menu selection is projected onto the palm of the hand, through which the passenger can intuitively choose between different functionalities . . . The curved display module creates the visual connection between passengers and the outside world.’

Pretty wild stuff.

Perhaps just as cool is that the electric AVTR uses a graphene-based organic cell chemistry battery technology that Daimler says is completely free of rare earths and metals. The materials of the battery are, apparently, compostable and completely recyclable. That environmentally friendly philosophy continues the inside where sustainable materials are used.

On the outside, the very futuristic vehicle has 33 moving ‘bionic flaps’ or scales that affect aerodynamics and can be used to communicate with the outside world. There are also spherical(ish) wheels and the car can, Daimler says, move sideways by approximately 30 degrees.

Who knows how much, if any, of the tech and ideas in the AVTR will make it into a production vehicle but, as with every concept car, the fact that designers are thinking this way is pretty exciting.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Feb 2020)

10 Feb 2020

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