If you're a car fan, you're going to drop your jaw at the new Mercedes-Benz "Vision AVTR." There's no better time to push the boundaries and create concept cars that can one day end up on the road. The new "Vision" is making leaps into the future and shows everyone what's possible in the auto industry.
The last concept Mercedes-Benz produced was the Vision Simplex, a retro-modern take on the open-top Simplex built in the 1900s. The Vision Simplex was an interesting spin on what old tech could look like. The Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR, with the AVTR standing for Advanced Vehicle Transformation, has an exciting design with scales going along the back. "They can communicate with the driver and through the driver with their outside world through naturally flowing movements in subtle gestures," Mercedes wrote. But it's not just about the aesthetics that make this car jaw-droppingly impressive.
The reason why this car has scales along the back is so that it can help with maneuvering. As the car turns from side-to-side, the active and independent scales move from side-to-side as well. They also assist with improving the car brake and accelerate. But there's much more that goes into this car than just the scales.
In the interior, the car looks like something out of The Jetsons. It literally doesn't look like it's apart of our modern-day society. The interior is sustainability sourced, and there are no conventional controls that a typical car has. The center console controls all the car's movements. "By placing the hand on the control unit, the interior comes to life. The vehicle recognizes the driver by his or her heartbeat and breathing," Mercedes said. There's no steering wheel or joystick to maneuver the car. It's all done through the center console.
Where did the concept of this car come from? The car was inspired by the film Avatar, and you can see the resemblance with its sleek lines and neon blue light. Director James Cameron collaborated with Mercedes to create the concept of this car. "I see a future where we continue to co-evolve with our technology... we will merge, we will absorb it, and it will become such a natural part of our lives," said Cameron. He continued, "When I sat in this car, you put your hand on the control interface, and it just breathes, it seems alive, it's organic."
We're all on the edge of our conventional seat, waiting for the moment we'll live in a world with these cars on the road. Only time will tell, but we hope it'll happen sooner than later.