Mission Controlled - Mercedes F015

Driving Mercedes’ current S-Class is as good a glimpse as any into the automotive future. But the brand really wowed the crowds with the unveiling of its F015 concept car in Las Vegas, above. Sat Bal 


The F015 comes with the strapline ‘Luxury in Motion’ which it pursues with a lounge-like interior and a vision of the driverless car. Its autonomous technology liberates interior space and envisages chairs that allow passengers to face each other while the vehicle glides along.


Mercedes cites the continuous exchange of information between the vehicle, passengers and the external world as a major component of the research vehicle. The International Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas therefore made a fitting venue for the world premiere of the F 015 Luxury in Motion.



As indicated in the image above, six display screens integrate into the instrument panel and the rear and side panels. In this digital arena passengers can interact intuitively with the connected vehicle through gestures, eye-tracking or by touching the high-resolution screens.


Mercedes says that by 2030 the number of  cities with more than 10 million inhabitants will increase from about 30 to over 40. "The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time," claims Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "Autonomously driving cars by Mercedes-Benz shall offer exactly that. With the F 015 Luxury in Motion, this revolutionary concept of mobility becomes tangible for the first time."




The striking feature of the F015 is the four rotating lounge chairs that allow a face-to-face seat configuration. All four passengers can use their time aboard to work, to relax or to communicate. The electrically powered seats swing outwards by 30 degrees as soon as the doors are opened to allow easy access and egress.


 "Already two years ago, with the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE we showed on the historical route Bertha-Benz took in 1888 that we have the technology which makes autonomous driving reality in everyday traffic," said Dr Zetsche. "We have a master plan in place to take the big leap required getting from technically feasible to commercially viable. The F 015 Luxury in Motion demonstrates where this may take us."






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