It’s been 11 years since James Cameron released Avatar, one of the most celebrated films ever made, and while reports surrounding multiple sequels have been circulating for some time, Avatar 2 is finally scheduled to arrive in 2021. Surrounding renewed hype for the franchise, Cameron joined Mercedes-Benz this week at CES to help unveil a new concept car inspired by the upcoming Avatar movie.
The VISION AVTR ushers in a new interaction between human, machine, and nature. The futuristic vehicle is designed to seamlessly connect the inside and outside, a concept referencing multiple creatures from Avatar.
Mercedes chose to do away with a conventional steering wheel for the car, instead opting for a multifunctional control center in the console that sees human and machine interacting with one another. When a hand is placed on the control unit, the interior comes to life as the vehicle recognizes the driver by heartbeat and breathing. From there, a menu is projected onto the palm of the hand when it is lifted, allowing the passenger to choose between various functions.
On the back of the VISION AVTR you will find bionic flaps that are reminiscent of reptile scales. They are designed to communicate with and through the driver with their outside world using subtle gestures. Furthermore, not only does the vehicle move forward and backward, but it also maneuvers sideways by 30 degrees through what is referred to as an animal-like crab movement.
Mercedes’ Avatar-inspired concept car runs on a battery that is completely recyclable, utilizing a technology based on graphene-based organic cell chemistry. Step inside and the seats are made from vegan DINAMICA leather, guaranteeing environmental sustainability. The floor is then decorated with a natural raw material known as Karuun, harvested by hand in Indonesia.
The reveal of the Avatar-inspired Mercedes-Benz concept car comes as we have also received the first concept imagery surrounding Avatar 2. Many have pointed out, however, that the artwork more so resembles a video game than an actual movie.
In one of the images we see two Na’vi, presumably Jake Sully (played by Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (played by Zoe Saldana), standing on a ledge looking out at the alien world. From there, the two Na’vi are pictured wading through the water.
In the #Avatar sequels, you won’t just return to Pandora — you’ll explore new parts of the world.
Check out these brand new concept art pieces for a sneak peek at what’s to come. pic.twitter.com/bfZPWVa7XZ
— Avatar (@officialavatar) January 7, 2020
Hit the comments to let us know what you think of Mercedes-Benz’s Avatar-inspired concept car, as well as the fist concept art for Avatar 2. Again, the long-awaited sequel is slated to release in 2021.