The Mercedes-Benz BIOME symbiosis vehicle is made from an ultralight material called BioFibre and tips the scales at just 875.5 lbs (around 394 kg). This material is significantly lighter than metal or plastic, yet more robust than steel. BioFibre is grown from proprietary DNA in the Mercedes-Benz nursery, where it collects energy from the sun and stores it in a liquid chemical bond called BioNectar4534. As part of this process, the vehicle is created from two seeds: The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while the exterior grows from the star on the rear. To accommodate specific customer requirements, the Mercedes star is genetically engineered in each case, and the vehicle “grows” when the genetic code is combined with the seed capsule. The wheels are grown from four separate seeds.
If you haven’t deduced this by now, the BIOME is an eco-friendly hybrid ”vehicle of the future” that can be grown in a lab. While it’s in use it produces oxygen, like plants, thereby contributing to improving air quality. And when the car has reached the end of its lifecycle, it can be fully composted or used as building material. But don’t hold your breath; a concept car like the BIOME won’t become a reality for quite some time simply because its fantastical feature set is downright impossible to implent today. But one can dream, no? Read more about Mercedes’ crazy ideas for the future after the break, and look in the gallery below to view the BIOME from various angles.