Designer Johnny Jiang has revealed a new vehicle called the Infiniti QX90, a fan-made concept car that shows a remarkable likeness to the Tesla Cybertruck, though with a few key differences aided by the fact that it won't be going into production any time soon, if ever, a report by Yanko Design explains.
While the basis of the concept involved an INFINITI design, the firm itself was in no way involved with the creation of this project.
The QX90 2028 was designed with a future of semi-autonomous vehicles in mind — the vehicle allows drivers to quickly switch between "driving" and "relaxing" modes. The interior of the sedan includes a panoramic glass roof that adds to a lounge feel when in "relaxing" mode. The rear passenger seats swivel a complete 180 degrees to give an improved view and to help passengers socialize.
The exterior, meanwhile, has a flowing aesthetic that makes it look like a Cybertruck that wasn't designed by a Tesla engineer's toddler. The chrome exterior, along with a few sharp angles, makes it resemble the Cybertruck at the same time as doing away with that car's retro appeal in favor of a more contemporary, smooth-flowing design aesthetic.
An autonomous lounge on wheels
The fan-made QX90 was envisioned as a Level 4.5 autonomy car with an AI companion onboard that can take over if and when needed. The AI is able to find a free parking spot immediately when entering a parking lot and it can also change the car's interior ambiance if it senses the driver is stressed to improve concentration, or relaxation when in driverless mode.
In July last year, Elon Musk said Tesla was "very close" to achieving level 5 autonomous driving. However, in May, Tesla admitted that their CEO had exaggerated those claims, making visions of autonomous driving feel a little more distant than they had last year.
That's not stopping carmakers from coming up with quirky designs. Just last week, Citroën unveiled a modular autonomous pod design that also turns urban mobility into a relaxing lounge-like experience — or a moving gym, depending on the rider's preference. Though the Infiniti QX90 concept may never hit the streets, the concept retains the thrill of manual driving at the same time as providing a vision in which autonomous cars can double up as impressive lounge spaces on wheels.
Correction: An earlier version of this article implied that INFINITI had contributed to the creation of this concept car. This has been corrected to show that the firm played no role in its creation, and that this was strictly a fan-made concept.