A Visionary EV Inspired by James Cameron's Avatar
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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new futuristic electric vehicle (EV) called Vision AVTR and inspired by James Cameron's 2009 film, Avatar. The car is meant to bring to light the firm's vision for mobility in the distant future.
The vehicle comes with 33 scales called bionic flaps on its back that are meant to be used to communicate with people outside the car. It also has spherical wheels that can move sideways or even diagonally. These were inspired by the seeds of the Tree of Souls seen in the film.
The most obvious change from a regular vehicle is the lack of a steering wheel inside the EV. Since the car is autonomous, it is not needed but it goes further than that. The car features a console where you can place your hand so the car can recognize you and merge with you.
In addition, simply lifting your hand in the car will see a menu projected on the palm where you can choose from different options. But perhaps its most impressive feature is its battery. It is based on a compostable graphene-based organic cell chemistry that is completely free of rare earth and metals.
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