Gundam Designer Creates a Mecha Inspired Car

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Kunio Okawara is one of Japan’s most famous mecha designers. For years, he’s created iconic machines for Gundam anime. Now, he’s turning his talents to designing an electric car.

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The two-seater, named Ex Machina, was shown earlier this year at a retrospective of Okawara’s 40-year career. According to Okawara (via AmiAmi), the vehicle “should be able to do what a full-sized automobile can’t.”

Namely this.

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And this.

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Among other things. Ex Machina can transform its shape, making it closer to something you’d see in an anime or sci-fi flick. (No wonder Yahoo-Japan! is reporting that there’s currently a crowdfunding campaign for an anime based on the car.)

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Tokyo’s Four Link Systems is developing the “ultra-compact mobility” car, which has a mounted camera for a panoramic view and is connected to the internet. Ex Machina is being called a “drivable smartphone.”

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The company plans to get Ex Machina approved for roads and offer it for sale in the next two years or so.

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The Gundam mecha designer added (via AmiAmi), “When they go to market I’d like to add the Federation or Zeon logo.”

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So this was the car on display at his exhibition in ueno. Interesting