During CES 2020, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the futuristic VISION AVTR – a new concept car inspired by the film Avatar and its upcoming sequels. The neon colour scheme references the jungles of Pandora from the films while the sleek build showcases Mercedes’ vision for advanced vehicle transformation.
Instead of a steering wheel, the control element in the centre console features a biometric connection. By placing a hand on the control unit, the interior comes to life, and the vehicle recognises the driver by their heartbeat and breathing.
By raising the hand, a menu selection is projected onto the palm, through which the driver/passenger can intuitively choose between different functions. The curved display module on the dashboard creates a visual connection between passengers and the outside world. We don’t fully understand the purpose, as the vehicle does have windows and a windscreen.
The 33 “bionic flaps” on the back of the vehicle are reminiscent of scales found on reptiles. They can communicate with the driver via naturally flowing movements in subtle gestures. Mercedes did not reveal the purpose of this communication, but the flaps do look cool!
It’s also possible to drive the front and rear axles in the same or opposite directions, and the VISION AVTR can move sideways by approx. 30 degrees. Mercedes-Benz describes it as “crab movement.”
The organic battery technology is made of recyclable materials based on graphene organic cell chemistry that is completely free of rare earth and metals. The materials of the battery are compostable and therefore, completely recyclable. In this way, electric mobility becomes independent of fossil fuels.
The interior also possesses sustainable materials. The seats of the VISION AVTR are refined by vegan DINAMICA leather – the first and only microfiber that guarantees environmental sustainability throughout the entire production cycle. The floor is decorated with an innovative wood called Karuun. This raw material grows very fast and is harvested by hand in Indonesia. The material gives the interior warmth and is designed to radiate naturalness.
Avatar’s filmmaker James Cameron was on hand during the VISION AVTR unveiling. It’s too early to say when we will see more of this Mercedes concept or of the upcoming film sequels, but we’re certainly intrigued by both.
What a ride!
— James Cameron (@JimCameron) January 7, 2020