“Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society,” said 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.”
Unveiled at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the F 015 Luxury in Motion utilizes the huge amount of space in its lounge-like interior to allow a continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers and the outside world. The research vehicle includes a variable seating system with four rotating lounge chairs, which allows for face-to-face conversation with front and back row passengers.
Taking the idea of a “digital living space” a step further, the Luxury in Motion allows passengers to interact with the vehicle by gestures or by touching one of the six, high-resolution displays, mounted in the instrument panel and the rear and side walls. The system automatically recognizes the wishes of occupants for information or the selection of control functions by sensor detection of eye, hand and finger movements. Also, to make getting in and out of the car easier, electrically-powered seats swing outwards by 30 degrees when the doors are opened.
"The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time," said Dr. Zetsche. "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."
For more information about the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion, visit MBUSA.com.