Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion
“Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society,” explained head of Mercedes-Benz Dieter Zetsche. “The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.”
Unveiled today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the concept design for the F 015 Luxury in Motion features a large interior space, finished in walnut, glass, leather and aluminium, along with four individual lounge chairs that swivel outwards to greet passengers on entry. Once inside, the chairs swivel round so that the passengers are facing each other. Six screens – controlled with eye-tracking and gesture recognition – are integrated throughout the interior, offering connectivity and entertainment.
Despite being lighter, the company said the structure would not be weakened due to the combination of strengthened materials and external beltlines positioned below its windows that would inflate in the case of a side-on collision. As part of the research conducted for the F 015 Luxury in Motion, Mercedes-Benz also developed a forward-looking scenario called “City of the Future 2030+”. The future of urban infrastructure design – as envisioned by Mercedes-Benz – will consist of special “safety zones”, much like today’s low-emission zones in city centres, that are only open to autonomous vehicles. Urban space could also be reclaimed as a result of autonomous vehicles parking themselves outside of a city’s central areas.