Gallery: The Next Mercedes Benz Might be Grown in a Laboratory


Forget about assembly lines, the folks at Mercedes Benz see cars assembling themselves like trees in the future. That’s right, the latest idea from Mercedes is the Biome car, an ultra lightweight vehicle that starts with “seeds” fused with the company’s star logo and then literally grow to form a car in a laboratory. And to top it all off, to ensure that this green automobile of the future comes full circle, the Mercedes Benz team doesn’t see this car heading to a junk yard – they are envisioning that it will be completely biodegradable.

Though this idea sounds totally awesome to us we’re a little skeptical that the Mercedes Benz researchers have figured out any of the technology that could make it come to life. They say that the car will collect energy from the sun and store it in a fluid called BioNectar4534 in the form of chemical bonds – and while sounds great, they don’t explain any part of this process. They also say they have the technology that can help trees harvest extra energy and store it as BioNectar4354 that can be used later to fuel the Biome car.

In their description they note that the vehicles will be “grown in the Mercedes-Benz Nursery through proprietary DNA. The customer’s specific desires are genetically engineered into the Star and the vehicle grows when this combines with the Seed capsule.” So not only will Mercedes be growing luxury vehicles, but they’ll have the capabilities to tailor the growth to fit your demands. It sounds like they’ve been in cahoots with Dr. Craig Venter

+ The Biome entry to the LA Auto Show Design Competition

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  1. Mohd Danial March 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

    how can it grow the mechanical parts…?

  2. JKMECH August 3, 2012 at 9:05 am


  3. lazyreader December 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Would I go to a mechanic or a botanist. I can’t go to work today, my car has dutch elms disease.

  4. ishka December 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm


  5. HandsomeDude December 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Eventually we’ll have something like this, but I’d expect plenty of embarassingly premature corporate announcements first. The only question is what form of pollution will be generated – by production, use and research. Will a bio-generated machine be able to host infections and, perhaps, pass them along to people? No need to panic, but as we inevitably use biological techniques for industrial production, we’ll have to consider many unknowns.

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