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Mercedes-Benz: A truly futuristic vision

10. 01. 20.

Mercedes-Benz: A truly futuristic vision

The Company of the three-pointed star presented a futuristic concept car at the Las Vegas CES.

At the crowning event in the 2020 electronics calendar, the Las Vegas CES, the car manufacturers are competing in terms of new concept cars. One of the most impressive is without doubt the Mercedes Benz Vision AVTR.

The result of a recently signed partnership deal between Mercedes-Benz and the filmmaker James Cameron, the Vision AVTR draws inspiration chiefly from the universe of the film Avatar. Remember that the first opus of the Avatar saga has as its backdrop the need to protect nature and condemned its predation by Man.

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Championing a mobility system that ensures a symbiosis between man, machine and the environment, Mercedes Benz imagines what a car might be like in a very distant future. The futuristic lines of the Vision AVTR, a mixture of hi-tech and bio-design, enclose a cockpit covered in vegan leather and recycled plastic. The interface centres around an autonomous driving system.

Revolutionary batteries

On a technical level, the Vision AVTR is fitted with a 100% electric engine developing 475 hp and powered by innovative organic batteries with an autonomy of 700 km. Using graphene-based organic cell chemistry batteries containing no rare earths and metals, the battery materials would therefore be compostable and completely recyclable. This is an interesting response to the environmental, economic and political problems and challenges facing conventional batteries.

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Artificial intelligence also occupies an important place in this concept car. The 33 flaps that cover the back – developed by the EPFL spin-off Foldaway Haptics – will be able to communicate with the outside world by undulating movements. Man and machine interact by means of a biometric sensor identifying the driver by his heartbeat or breathing.

Expansion of the electric model range

As part of the presentation of the Vision AVTR, Ola Källenius, Chairman of Daimler, took the opportunity to announce the launch of around ten new electric vehicles over the next 3 years.