Mazda Motonari RX was designed by Matthew Cunningham. It was named after legendary Japanese warrior Mori Motonari; it 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.

Los Angeles Design Challenge: Mazda Motonari RX
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The entire structure of the vehicle is comprised of a 100 percent re-prototypable, carbon nanotube/shape memory alloy weave with a photovoltaic coating. This enables programmable tensiometry and fluid movement while insuring efficient energy transfer to the in-wheel electrostatic nanomotors.

Los Angeles Design Challenge: Mazda Motonari RX
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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.

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