Kunio Okawara's Mecha Car is a Robot You Can Drive

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Aug 18, 2015
References: news.amiami.jp & kotaku
Japanese mechanical designer Kunio Okawara is already famous for his work -- creating impressive robots for popular Japanese shows and movies -- and now the Mecha car is taking that talent into the realm of automotive design.

Mecha is a sci-fi genre with the central theme of robots or machines controlled by people (think Iron Man). Kunio Okawara's Mecha car, nicknamed 'Ex Machina,' will take this concept and apply it to an electric two-person car. 'Ex Machina' can change its shape on command, raising and lowering itself off its wheels. It has collapsible steps that lower automatically to allow passengers to exit comfortably and is fully controlled via smartphone. The car is currently part of a Japanese crowdfunding campaign that hopes to create a TV show that is based on Mecha car.

The Kunio Okawara Mecha car proves that followers of artists and film designers are eager to see their idols create real-world, purchasable designs. Fans will leap at the chance to be able to connect to a certain genre, series or film in a tangible and unique way.