Mercedes-Benz AVTR Takes Us To The World Of Pandora In Their Latest Video
Mercedes-Benz, a.k.a German automotive luxury powerhouse, has revealed actual driving footage of its otherworldly electric Vision AVTR car, a concept that was inspired by the record-breaking box-office hit, “Avatar.”
The subsidiary of Daimler AG already revealed its groundbreaking concept earlier this year at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, and today we can finally see how it moves and functions on the YouTube video posted by the brand last week.
Felix Smith, Danish television host and car enthusiast serves as our guide as we explore with him all of the wonders of the AVTR. Near the beginning of the video, we are introduced to a truly futuristic vehicle that doesn’t even look like it belongs in our time.
State-of-the-art elements are present, such as bionic flaps that seem to correspond with Smith’s hand movements, as well as LED lights throughout the car, glass hatchback type of doors, and a hand-sensitive controller in the center console meant to take the place of a steering wheel.
We are soon introduced to Gorden Wagener, Daimler’s Chief Design Officer, who explains certain materials that are used and the reasoning behind the design. “We wanted to create something almost like a living organism,” he says when describing the very harmonistic type of technologies being used.
Eventually, Smith and Wagener take the car on quite a thrilling test drive on a closed course. Wagener takes the “wheel” and demonstrates how the driver can control the vehicle by simply shifting the console forwards to backward, and left to right. It can also crawl sideways by 30 degrees by sort of tilting the top piece of the console.
Surprisingly enough, this is Wagener’s first time ever operating the vehicle, but the pair seem to cruise on the track just fine. At some point Smith is allowed to take over as the driver, but without having to leave his seat, as both front passengers can essentially act as the driver.
Up next, Vera Schmidt, Director Of Advanced User Experience Design appears. She and Smith discuss all of the linguistic elements that fully embody the tech part of the AVTR, such as with the bionic flaps, lights, and the revolutionary infotainment system that is magically projected into the user’s hand and becomes functional by the that person’s particular hand movement.
Schmidt says the company fully intends to make the model entirely functional rather than just a concept, so one can only hope that this means that it will eventually hit the city streets.
Lastly, Smith meets with Alexander Dang, Mercedes’s Advanced Exterior Designer. Dang first drew up the “vision” for the AVTR in an internal competition. While watching the movie he thought of shapes to implement into the model such as the spherical wheels inspired by the wood sprites in the film.
“I think the biggest challenge for me was to combine the best of both worlds, like this science fiction Avatar world into our reality and still make it recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz,” said Dang.
The video finally ends with Dang finally driving his own concept which finally has been made into a reality.
Mercedes wrote about the concept:
“Instead of a conventional steering wheel, the multifunctional control element in the center 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.”
In terms of the powertrain, the company says that the all-electric vehicle is energized by “a revolutionary battery technology based on graphene-based organic cell chemistry”:
“For the first time, the VISION AVTR concept vehicle is using a revolutionary battery technology based on graphene-based organic cell chemistry that is completely clean of rare earths and metals. The materials of the battery are compostable and therefore completely recyclable. In this way, electric mobility becomes independent of fossil resources. As a result, Mercedes-Benz underlines the high relevance of a future circular economy in the raw materials sector.”
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Unfortunately, for now, the AVTR is considered just a concept car and with the many outrageously wonderful ideas that Mercedes has in store, it’s more than certain that this model won’t be ready anytime soon.
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