The project title certainly caught my attention. “The Euthanasia Coaster” is the intriguing, twisted brainchild of Julijonas Urbonas, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art.
“Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in space medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and, of course, gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasing, elegant and meaningful.
Over at io9, Cyriaque Lamar adds that “Urbonas designed this deadly contraption to give the rider agency over their final voyage.”
Now keep in mind this is only concept art and not something that is meant to be made. Still, I’m interested to learn what anyone thinks of this.