For $1m, You Can Have An Actual Giant Mech That You Can Drive

The future is now. Well, it will be soon. Japanese company Suidobashi is offering to speed things up, announcing plans to build custom, actual, operational mechs — for over $US1 million.

Named the "KURATAS", the vehicles will come at a standard price of $US1.3 million, with additional accessories like shields and weapons available for around $US50,000-$US80,000 each. You even get to choose the paint scheme.

While there's the whiff of a scam to the whole thing — especially given the fact we never see one actually moving on a road — there's at least one operational model that you can see in a promotional video below, which also gives you a fairly comprehensive breakdown of how it actually "works".

Those expecting a futuristic level of driver comfort, be warned: the creators state that each vehicle is an "art piece", designed to make "your dream of becoming a robot pilot" come true. Or, more bluntly, "it doesn't guarantee you safety and comfort".

That's OK by me. This thing has a computer targeting system and functional (if non-lethal) weaponry. It's even got iPhone compatibility. If a bumpy ride is the price I have to pay to be able to drive a mech around in 2012, then you know what, so be it.

KURATAS [Suidobashi]

Republished from Kotaku.

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