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SAIC Motor Kun Concept Is a Self-Driving Luxury Sedan That Flies and Drives Underwater

SAIC Motor has virtually unveiled at 2020 Expo Dubai its vision about a futuristic car called Kun. The vehicle incorporates advanced technologies such as autonomous driving, a holographic interface, and photosynthetic energy. Not only that, but it also can fly and double as a submarine, or at least that's how it was virtually envisioned (see gallery for more).
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After a one-year hiatus, the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East has opened its gates on Friday, October 1st. Exhibitors from more than 190 countries are presenting their latest creations and technologies, including SAIC Motor.

It's not the first time the Chinese automaker has participated in the World Expo event. In 2010, SAIC Motor presented its "Direct to 2030" plan, which imagined a future with zero emissions, zero traffic accidents, and no traffic jams.

Now, the company is back with a new vision created by its design teams of Shanghai and London. The name Kun represents a modern reinterpretation of a shapeshifting creature found in Chinese mythology. It is said that Kun was a giant fish that lived in the Northern Sea, which transformed into a massive bird whose wings looked like colorful clouds in the sky when it flew.

This story was adapted and got a futuristic twist to it. The smart mobility car envisioned by SAIC Motors is capable of transforming both into an underwater vehicle and an aircraft. This variable function allows the vehicle to adapt to new scenarios without being restricted by space.

As a design study, the Kun features a sports car body line. In addition, the vehicle comes with gullwing doors, reflecting the concept's sporty character.

The exterior looks strikingly similar to the Audi Aicon concept car, which was revealed in 2017. The front looks sharp, featuring extremely slim headlights. Large light fields are integrated into the middle of the closed air intake grille, being capable of displaying versatile graphics and animations in different colors.

Its taillights mirror the headlights, creating a sort of symmetry. The roof is all covered by solar panels, which extend onto the rear window glass to provide energy for the vehicle.

Described as a bio-intelligent interactive machine, Kun integrates technologies such as holographic image interaction and autonomous driving. Everything seems to be realized through smart augmented reality inside the cockpit, giving passengers plenty of room to sit back and relax. The futuristic interior also includes a zero-G seat.

In addition to the Kun concept car, vehicles from SAIC Motor's self-owned brands MG and MAXUS will also be present outside the China Pavilion at the 2020 Dubai World Expo. Visitors will be able to feast their eyes on the latest technologies between October 1st and March 31st, 2022.

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