What happened? Now that driving technology has become commonplace and flying cars are a reality, what is left for concept cars that showcase potential future cars? Mercedes-Benz answers that question with its Vision AVTR, the 'living being' that connects physically and mentally to its driver.
If you think something like James Cameron's avatar sounds right, you're right. The 2009 film strongly influences the Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR. According to the press release, a "biometric connection with the driver" has been established.
This bold statement covers several ideas: First, the machine uses biometrics to identify the owner. This is not an entirely new concept. In 2018, Hyundai introduced a fingerprint scanner in the Santa Fe SUV and allowed users to start the engine with their fingerprint. But AVTR goes further than that. The driver only has to put his hand on the center console, which inflates the car by detecting breathing patterns and heart rate.
Mercedes unveiled the AVTR at CES 2020. At IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, Germany, the car debuted a new trick: mind control. As reported by TechRadar, users should use a BCI device with wearable electrodes on the back that turn ideas into action. It takes a "short calibration process of about a minute", after which drivers can perform certain functions without physical movement.
Instead of just thinking something might happen, users should focus on the bright spots. The system's digital dashboard detects the items being investigated and activates a predefined function. "The BCI device measures neural activity in the cortex in real time. It analyzes the measured brain waves and detects points of light." He directs his full attention (attention sensor interface).
"The stronger the focus, the higher the neural activity. Then the device activates the purposeful function of the car."
Mercedes It had previously announced that its car with a 110 kW/h electric motor would be able to produce 469 horsepower. It also has an impressive range of around 435 miles. Graphene-based batteries are biodegradable and fully recyclable, so they're environmentally friendly - AVTR also has an interior vegan leather made from recyclable materials. Best of all, in addition to moving back and forth, it can move diagonally and sideways, making parking a lot easier. RGB lighting enthusiasts will undoubtedly love all the outdoor LED lights.
Like any concept, the Vision AVTR won't be here anytime soon. But perhaps before the scheduled release date of Avatar 5 in 2028.
Mercedes-Benz unveils mind control technology in its Vision AVTR concept car