Concept cars can provide an interesting insight into the direction that automotive manufacturers may be heading or how they envision vehicles to be like in the future. Although most seem to never enter production, the technologies and design languages of these concepts are eventually implemented. Here are five concept cars that have piqued our interest.
MINI Vision Urbanaut
An interesting look into the future is the MINI Vision Urbanaut. MINI has set out to provide a portable living space with this minivan concept: One that’s fully electric and capable of fully autonomous driving. Think of it like driving a small living room or lounging area. The MINI Vision Urbanaut offers three MINI moments, “Chill”, “Wanderlust” and “Vibe”, all providing a variety of usage scenarios. The exterior and interior are modified to reflect the moment of the MINI and set the stage for an experience that covers everything including sound, scent, ambient light, and external overall lighting orchestration.
Sony Vision S
Sony’s Vision-S is a concept car from the technology company giant that introduced the Walkman and PlayStation to the world. While Sony seems to currently have no plans to get into the manufacturing of vehicles, they do want to show how they can involve themselves in future automotive technologies. The Vision-S features 40 sensors that emphasize safety through autonomy. Sony is testing how these sensors can advance the reality of self-driving cars. The company’s concept car also includes an interior full of fun tech such as a panoramic infotainment system and a 360-degree sound system.
Lexus LF-Z Electrified
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified is an insight into the direction that the company will be heading within their established 2025 timeframe. This concept employs the new four-wheel-drive force control technology DIRECT4, which can control each wheel independently. The DIRECT4 can convert the LF-Z Electrified to AWD, FWD or RWD depending on the situation. Its interior was designed based on a new “Tazuna” concept, inspired by the mutual understanding that a rider and horse can achieve with a single reign. Not much is mentioned about the technologies included for this concept aside from a minimalistic infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, and an AI that learns driver preferences and behavior characteristics.
Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR
Ever wondered what a car from the world of James Cameron’s Avatar would look like? Well Mercedes-Benz has created a concept car that accomplishes just that. Not only that, but it also acts as an insight into what the automotive company envisions mobility vehicles will be like in the distant future. The VISION AVTR incorporates an organic battery technology using graphene-based organic cell chemistry. With that, the company proposes a 15-minute full recharge cycle and 100% recyclability. To control the vehicle, the driver simply places their hand on the center console where a biometric connection with the car is established. A curved display is placed within the interior of the VISION AVTR to assist its driver in seeing the surrounding area.
There are new concept cars debuted every year. Some come from established companies, and others from companies just beginning their automotive journey. These concept vehicles incorporate a collective vision of engineers and designers for the future of the automotive industry. We are excited for the concept vehicles we’ve seen so far, but the BestRide team can’t wait to see what’s in store for the coming years.