MG’s specialist design center, SAIC Design in London, has created a new concept car that is not just inspired by games, but a games room itself.
SAIC reviewed the increased focus on games and eSports over the past few months to design the MG MAZE. Even on the outside, the car is designed to look like gaming hardware. A full polycarbonate shell lets you view the hardware from the outside, much like a PC showing off its components – and yes, everything is lit by LEDs.
Opening the front flap gives you access to the interior, which is as much a vehicle cabin as it is a two-player arcade.
There is a pair of “Zero Gravity” seats which MG says feature high-tech fabric inspired by “contemporary streetwear”. While not specifically mentioned, it does appear to have built-in sound and likely include modern car seat technologies such as heat / cool and massage functions. They are even marked as Player 1 and Player 2…
However, it’s only when you close that long front access cover that the gaming functionality really becomes apparent.
The entire front of the car acts as an augmented reality screen for the occupants. However, you won’t be playing Gran Turismo, as it looks like SAIC has created a specific, unnamed game unique to MAZE.
Much like other augmented reality games, the goal seems to be to use the MAZE to lead the real world in search of “digital art” in their surroundings. Players use their phones to access the game and for in-game controls when looking to score points and earn rewards, although it’s not entirely clear how the car is driven.
As you progress through the MAZE game, your status will be displayed outside the car. This will allow the different pilots (or players) of MAZE to see how they are evolving, to add a competitive aspect.
The MG MAZE has another party piece, in the form of a plug and play battery unit. There are no details on battery capacity or engine power, but in principle you could take your exhausted MAZE to a battery swap station and quickly replace the unit with a new one without the need to recharge it.
Of course, this is only a concept – SAIC also revealed a “portable” car called the R RYZR – but it’s nonetheless a good look at how automakers are taking the game a lot more seriously afterwards. recent events.
Otherwise, it’s a future episode of Black mirror, but you can see the reveal video in full below:
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