Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a futuristic F 015 LUXURY IN MOTION, a research vehicle and vision of the future of autonomous driving. The concept car was unveiled yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and from the outset it is designed as an autonomous car, creating new possibilities in vehicle design, packaging and connectivity – a mobile living space.
Thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic, aluminium and steel, the car weighs 40 per cent less than current cars of a similar size.
The car measures 5,220mm in length, 2,018mm in width and 1,524mm in height – making it similar in length to an S-Class long wheelbase model, though clearly wider and taller.
The wheelbase measures 3,610mm (+445mm more than S-Class long wheelbase) offering maximum interior space, capable of seating four adults either facing each other or in tandem, all that in a luxury interior finished in natural open grain wood, aluminium, glass and nappa leather.
The chairs are accessed via twin, rear-hinged doors that open to 90 degrees.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society. The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.”
The F 015 Luxury in Motion can operate in manual or autonomous modes.
Large LED light modules on the front and back of the car show which mode it’s operating in, with white indicating it’s being driven manually and a cool blue hue for when it’s in autonomous mode.
With manual mode engaged, the front seat driver and passenger seats swivel automatically to face the direction of travel and the steering wheel emerges seamlessly from the dashboard.
The futuristic research vehicle is powered by hydrogen fuel cells.