Radical Infiniti SYNAPTIQ Concept Taps Into Your Spine
The folks running the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show posed a question to their exhibitors. “How will cars interact with us in 2029?” At the show’s 11th annual design challenge, some of the industry’s top design studios will attempt to answer it. One of those answers is the SYNAPTIQ, a radical human-machine interface aimed at multi-sport racing drivers of the future, and it’s what the newly formed Infiniti Design San Diego team came up with. RELATED: Sebastian Vettel helped tune and perfect the 2014 Infiniti Q50
The concept is fairly simple. Drivers don a special suit and are encapsulated in a universal pod, which can integrate seamlessly with one of three vehicles: an F1 car, an off-road buggy, and a jet. Regardless of vehicle, the universal pod holds the driver in a consistent and organic racing position. While fairly straightforward, its execution is otherworldly, at least by current technology.
The driver’s S.U.I.T. (Symbiotic User Interface Technology) connects his or her mind with the machine through a spinal lock within the pod. Synthetic muscle fibers suspend the wearer in a midair driving position. The driver is then able to transfer from vehicle to vehicle within the universal pod, using only their mind.
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Infiniti envisions competing its SYNAPTIQ craft in an automotive triathlon-style race, dubbed the A.R.C. (air, rally and circuit), and it ought to be quite proficient on the first leg. The event begins as a Formula 1 grand prix from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, followed by a desert off-road race to the Grand Canyon, and ending with a gymkhana style aerial sprint through virtual obstacles back to LA.
Is the spinal tapping thing totally creepy? For sure. But if Infiniti Red Bull F1 cars look that wild by 2029 … we say go for it.
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