Jaebum “JB” Choi, an intern at Nissan Design America, has created his vision of what the supercar of 2050 could be. More specifically, he designed what he thinks the Nissan GT-R of 2050 could be. His creation, which was actually his final thesis, is called the GT-R (X) 2050. His idea behind this car was to truly connect the human brain with the car, allowing them to become one.
“Exo-skeletons today make people stronger by wearing mechanical structures. I tried to fit the size of a person’s body as much as I could, as if I were wearing a car,” Choi says. “I wanted to create a new form of machine that is not a vehicle to ride, it is the space where machine and the human become one. “
The driver or pilot wears an exo-suit that includes a helmet which fits into a slot for the front vision camera with VR vision. There’s also a brain-to-core transmitter that allows the brain’s activity to be transferred as digitalized signals. With this kind of technology, the driver and vehicle truly become one. In order for the driver to be inside the vehicle, they lay down in a prone position that resembles an “X”. When in place, their hands and feet are in the same areas as each wheel, giving them a true feeling of movement control.
To Choi’s surprise, NDA created a life-size model of the GT-R (X) 2050. “I started my internship at NDA in January and participated in company projects for about two months. Then, I started my ‘vision humanoid’ project for the rest of the internship, working from home because of COVID-19,” says Choi. “Little did I imagine then that the team at NDA would take me under their wings and help me create it as a full-size model.”
You can check it out for yourself in the gallery down below.