Playboy Land Yacht Concept

April 21st, 2011

Talk about the ultimate retro-futuristic mobile pad. The Playboy Land Yacht was designed by Syd Mead for Playboy Magazine. Though only conceptual, the yacht is capable of driving itself with electronic sensors:

The brain box of the vehicle, located on the right side, incorporates radar activated sensors for remote controlled cruising, trip lapses with recorded tips on throughway exits, and two zoom-lensed TV cameras to monitor the road far and off.

Also, the brain box can be closed and pivoted to double as cocktail table, and it also features bathroom, food prep unit and an open air skylight with its electronic sun deck. On the other, Yacht’s pointed nose has dual role: it provides the aerodynamic styling and allows for the four lounge seats, up front, to be arranged at 45 degree angle.

For night driving, the yacht’s front lighting consists of two swing-down iodine quartz lamps, plus four normal high/low/intermediate lights, which are folded back when off, swinging out against adjustable stops (for proper aiming) when the sliding cover door is activated. In addition, a front-scanning infrared lamp produces a wide-angle fan of radiation, for pickup on the yacht’s console-mounted TV screen. What you see in the monitor is an infrared-filter view of the roadway. This system is an outgrowth of the exotic Air Force fighter-pilot technology, which produces an animated, terrain-characteristic “picture” in front of the pilot, regardless of the weather or visibility conditions.

The yacht’s pointed nose serves two functions: It provides the aerodynamic styling that a machine of this size demands and it allows for the four lounge seats up front to be arranged at a 45-degree angle to the axis of the vehicle, thus saving considering interior space.

In the rear of the yacht is a lounge complete with a 6 x 7 foot bed, TV, movie projector, and a bar capsule. Last but not least, the most important feature, a padded sun deck—a feature that Wilt Chamberlain would know all too well.

More images after the jump. Via Color Cubic / Automotto

When our land yacht is parked, its brain box (front center) can be closed and pivoted to double as a cocktail table. The bath is shown with its door cut away; to its left are the food-prep unit and audio-video center. At rear, you see the open-air skylight with its electronic sun deck partially lowered.

This is the rear lounge — and that bed, gentlemen, measures seven feet by six feet. In the center, below the TV and the movie projector (a screen rolls down over the rear window, foreground), is the bar capsule; it’s lined with crushed velvet, like the phone container to its right.

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  1. I can see myself in a land yacht in summer 2011 lol. Great post but does it have windows on the side or is it just sensors? I laughed when Wilt Chamberlain came up!

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