2007年11月16〜25日に開催される「LA AUTO SHOW」で
名前は「MOTONARI RX - 元就」．
Mazda’s entry in the Design Los Angeles competition, the Motonari RX, represents a complete fusion between driver and machine.
Named for a legendary Japanese warrior, the Motonari is essentially a very high tech suit that is donned by the user. Through millions of microscopic actuators, movements from the driver’s own muscles command the vehicle, which rolls on four omni-directional wheels, and takes its appearance from a street luge.
Mazda Motonari RX
The Motonari RX, named after legendary Japanese warrior Mori Motonari, non-invasively integrates the driver with the vehicle making each indistinguishable from the other. A driving suit serves as the primary interface between the occupant and the vehicle, which contains millions of microscopic actuators functioning as a haptic envelope. This allows the driver to experience the road psycho-somatically, receiving electrical stimulation to specific muscle groups.
The entire structure of the vehicle is comprised of a 100 percent re-prototypable, carbon nano-tube/shape memory alloy weave with a photovoltaic coating. This enables programmable tensiometry and fluid movement while insuring efficient energy transfer to the in-wheel electro-static nanomotors.
The four omni-wheels allow 360 degree movement. Acceleration and direction is determined by two armrest mounted control points. Occupant positioning controls the effectiveness of cornering and is comparable to street luge maneuvering in appearance.
Mazda R&D of North America
Designer: Matthew Cunningham
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