The MG Maze concept wants to turn your daily commute into a driving game

Maybe there’ll be a streaming feature, too...
by Peter Rawlins | Sep 25, 2021
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Hands up, who’s spent many an hour sat on a games console over the past 18 months? Yup, us, too. You know, lockdown and all. It’d be a shame to see all that, ahem, training, go to waste, would it not?

Well, SAIC Design—the London-based creative studio responsible for, among other projects, MG Motor cars—may have the solution. It wants to turn that home-gaming experience into a real-world one. Specifically with this, the MG Maze.

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The objective, it says, is to capture “the ‘at home’ gaming scenario” and convey that “in the form of a car.” So whereas at home, you’d have a sofa, a controller, and a screen, in the MG Maze, you’ll find two ‘zero-gravity’ seats, a controller in place of the steering wheel, and a “sophisticated User Interface” for a screen. No mention of snacks, though.

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Cocooning you in your immersive gaming setup is an exterior inspired by gaming hardware. Explicitly, “high-tech computers that show off their components and celebrate their processing power.” Real talk. In simpleton terms, that means a full polycarbonate shell, with components such as the GPU, CPU, cooling, motors, and interchangeable batteries—which will be configured ‘plug and play’ style—visible in all their glory to the outside world.

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The cockpit, meanwhile, is accessed through a vertically opening front canopy—which, SAIC notes, requires less space than your typical side-opening door. Urban-friendly, see?

Still, to pass the time—and because this is meant to be a gamers’ paradise—passengers can participate in a “real-world treasure hunt of digital art in their cities.” Players will see a 3D map, avatar status, and mission information, with points and rewards available. Oooh, fun.

Don’t expect to see it on the road anytime soon, with the Maze very much a design study for now. But if it wasn’t...thoughts in the comments below, folks.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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