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Invisibility Cloaks and Air Purifiers: How Covid Will Change Cars

During Covid-19, the idea of car-as-sanctuary has become ever more important. And designers from Mercedes, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce say they’re already looking at how to evolve air purifiers, mental health technology, and even an invisibility cloak.

The Mercedes-AMG GT-C Roadster on display at the Dream Car Exhibition in Brussels on Jan. 17, 2019.

The Mercedes-AMG GT-C Roadster on display at the Dream Car Exhibition in Brussels on Jan. 17, 2019.

Photographer: Didier Messens/Getty Images Europe

Gorden Wagener has spent a good amount of his coronavirus quarantine thinking about waffles.

Daimler’s head of design, who created such iconic cars as the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and Vision Mercedes concepts, wanted to bake bread during his pandemic free time, but soon found the bread maker he wanted was out of stock. So he ordered a waffle iron from Williams-Sonoma instead, and the German and Germany-based designer has been perfecting his at-home recipe for the delightfully dimpled grid of syrup holders ever since.