Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new concept car, the VISION AVTR, at CES in 2020,media reported. It is understood that this forward-looking car design was inspired by James Cameron’s epic film Avatar. To reflect eco-good mobility and passenger-to-vehicle interaction, the concept car also uses a new green material.
Mercedes says it was the symbiotic relationship in the 2009 sci-fi film that inspired its distinctive aesthetic.
At the back of the car, there are 33 “surface elements” that Mercedes calls multi-directional. This is reminiscent of reptile scales, whose swings and fluctuations add gesture syllables to the car. In addition, Mercedes envisions that they will also help to increase energy for electric vehicles.
The batteries are stored in an organic graphene-based battery compartment, which means that the VISION AVTR’s power pack will be completely free of rare earths and metals. In fact, the materials used are biodegradable, which alleviates the post-processing problems faced by conventional batteries in electric vehicles.
In addition, Mercedes also has the seat, floor are also integrated into the concept of environmental protection. Among them, the seats are made of vegan leather – a microfibre that guarantees environmental sustainability through its production cycle, while the floor uses Karuun wood – a fast-growing, ecologically stable vine that is produced in Indonesia.
VISION AVTR can move horizontally at an angle of about 30 degrees, which Mercedes describes as a “crab movement” and says it is particularly useful for agility in high-lying areas such as congested cities.
The control area of the concept car is located in a multi-function control area located on the center console. When the handle is placed on top, the car can identify the driver’s breathing pattern and wake up traditional and other systems. When the hand is raised, the VISION AVTR projects a different control menu onto the palm of your hand. There is also a curved display in front of the passenger.
So will the car go into production? Probably not, at least not for now. Of course, consumers can expect Mercedes to use more recycled materials and eco-friendly finishes in future models. It is reported that Mercedes is one of many car manufacturers exploring graphene battery technology.
Last year, Mercedes announced the Ambition 2039 program. In May, the company said it would build a new fleet of carbon neutral and passenger cars over the next 20 years and allow plug-in or pure electric vehicles to account for more than half of its total car sales by 2030.