A team of experts from the German automobile manufacture has devised a future scenario that features a variety of aspects of an individual’s day-to-day transportation, which has led to the development of the self-directed F 015 luxury vehicle. While, many tech and automobile companies have been implementing their version of an autonomous car, Mercedes-Benz is crafting a vehicle that also makes use of the added room available in the car.
With wheels now positioned at the very edge of the vehicle, passengers riding in the self-driving car will have more luxurious living space for relaxing or working while travelling. The cocoon-shaped four-seater mirrors a futuristic appearance that seems like it could have been on the ABC cartoon program The Jetsons.
Its interior, which can be described as a digital living space, will be crafted with organic materials like open-pore walnut wood shaped to a three-dimensional surface. Additional finishing includes a soft ice-white nappa leather contrast with metal and glass surfaces that embodies a cool and high-tech feel.
As for technology, there are six displays mounted on the rear and sidewalls. All relevant driving information, surrounding traffic and points of interest can be viewed on the screens or head displays. The windows are blended with technology as it serves as screens. Passengers can interact with the connected vehicle by touching the digital screens or by means of gestures.
In addition, the car can communicate with the surround world. The LED lights positioned in the front of the car follow the movement of pedestrians and reassure them that it “sees” them. The lights located at the back of the vehicle alerts other drivers on the road that there is a car ahead of them. It also informs additional cars on the road about traffic infrastructure to maximize safety and minimize drive times as well as traffic congestion.
Mercedes-Benz hopes this car will not only transform the automobile market, but also become a third place individuals will want to spend their free time.
“Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society,” emphasizes Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.”
(Photos via Mercedes-Benz)