For the 2007 LA Design Challenge Robocar 2057, Mazda R&D of North America will present their MotoNari EX. The MotoNari is supposedly named after a legendary Japanese warrior and acts as a driving suit containing millions of microscopic actuators.
Click through to read the description and see images of the Mazda MotoNari RX.
“The MotoNari RX, named after legendary Japanese warrior Mori MotoNari, non-invasively integrates the driver with the vehicles making each indistinguishable from the other.
A driving suit is the primary interface between the occupant and the vehicles, which contains millions of microscopic actuators functioning as a haptic envelope. This allows the driver to experience the road psycho-somatically, while receiving electrical stimulation to specific muscle groups.
The entire structure of the vehicle is comprised of a 100% 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 MotoNari RX Gallery:
Source: LA Auto Show
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