January 17, 2021
car

VIDEO: Mercedes’ Avatar-inspired concept drives without steering wheel

  • Mercedes-Benz released driving footage of its futuristic “Vision AVTR” concept car on Saturday. 
  • Mercedes got its inspiration for the car from the film “Avatar” and aimed to develop a “completely new interaction between human, machine and nature.” 
  • The car has no steering wheel and can “crab walk” diagonally.
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Back in January, before the pandemic canceled auto shows and forced new-car reveals to go virtual, Mercedes-Benz showed off a bizarre, futuristic concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now, there’s some footage of the car actually driving. 

The concept is called the Vision AVTR, and Mercedes debuted the otherworldly car in partnership with the “Avatar” films. The idea behind the vehicle, Mercedes said, was to create a “completely new interaction between human, machine and nature.” 

Instead of a steering wheel, the concept sports a “multifunctional control element” on the center tunnel that

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