Mercedes-Benz’s latest concept car is a driverless “living space” at CES 2015
CES 2015: German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its vision for the future of motoring with an autonomous pod-like vehicle designed to function as a communal living room on wheels.
“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.
“Drivers are relieved of work and stress in situations in which driving is not enjoyable,” said head of group research and Mecedes-Benz cars development Thomas Weber. “The time gained while in their car takes on a whole new quality.”Selecting a manual mode would prompt a steering wheel to emerge from the dashboard, while the driver and passenger seats turn automatically to face the direction of travel.
Large LED light modules on the front and back of the car show which mode it’s operating in, with white lights indicating manual driving and a blue hue for when it’s in autonomous mode.
“In the shared space of the future, humans and machines share the roads,” said Mercedes-Benz in a statement. “The ‘car-friendly city’ is transformed increasingly into the ‘people-friendly city’ without any loss of individual freedom”.
“The divide between residential, recreational and traffic areas therefore melts away.”