LAS VEGAS: Germany’s Daimler AG wants to reset consumers’ prospects about self-driving cars with its futuristic Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept, unveiled Monday evening at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
“The car is growing beyond its role as a mere betokens of convey and will ultimately become a mobile living space.” Until now, automakers such as Daimler and Volkswagen AG’s Audi have largely fixated on developing automated systems, including braking and steering, that make cars safer and more facile to operate. The F 015 luxury sedan concept, with its spacious cabin and lounge-like seating for four, explores incipient possibilities for self-driving cars that can double as virtual living rooms on wheels.
In keeping with Mercedes tradition and the concept’s “Luxury in kineticism” theme, the post-modern passenger space is trimmed in walnut veneer, nappa leather, polished aluminum and glass, with soft blue LED lighting.
Mercedes currently equips several of its engenderment conveyances with a variety of semi-automated systems, including parking avail, traffic jam avail and steering avail. The company’s forward vision, embodied in a project titled “City of the Future 2030”, visually perceives self-driving cars as a springboard for redesigning traffic-dense urban spaces with unique “Safety” zones accessible only by autonomous conveyances.