British Asia Network - Shahzad Sheikh
London 8 January 2020 - Mercedes has fused technology and entertainment influences to bring a mind-bogglingly unique concept car to the consumer technology show, CES 2020 in Las Vegas.
Inspired by the movie, Avatar, and its forthcoming sequel (releasing later this year and for which first images were also revealed at CES), the name of the Mercedes vehicle has been shortened to AVTR for Advanced Vehicle Transformation.
Inspired by the world of Pandora featured in the movie, the Vision AVTR vehicle demonstrates new thinking for how occupants and drivers and can interact with and operate the car.
With is spectacularly swooping design based on the visual aesthetics of Avatar, it's said to feature stretched 'one-bow' design and organic design language.
Inside 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 recognizes the driver by his or her heartbeat and breathing." Yep, that's exactly what it says in the press release!
And there's more: "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."
Part of the design features 33 'bionic flaps' on the back of the car giving the impression of the scales of a reptile. They communicate with the driver apparently somehow.
The car can also execute a 'crab movement' that is the wheels allow it to move sideways by approximately 30 degrees as the front and rear axles can be made to drive in the same or opposite direction.
Graphene-based organise cell chemistry that is free of rare earths and metals means the batteries are actually compostable and recyclable. The seats feature vegan DINAMICA leather - a microfiber materials. And the flooring features Karuun decorative wood made from wood that grows fast and is harvested by hand in Indonesia.