The Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept car has been revealed on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The firm has showcased its bold vision for the future of the luxury car in an advanced self-driving concept that uses a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell and two electric motors developing a combined 268bhp for zero local emissions propulsion. The F015 is capable of covering the 0-62mph sprint in a theoretical 6.7sec and has a claimed range of 684 miles.
The futuristically styled four-door draws on a raft of new technologies being readied by the German car maker for inclusion on future production models. Featured technology includes a sophisticated autonomous operating system and a so-called digital activity space that Mercedes-Benz predicts will allow occupants the freedom to use their time on the road more intelligently than is the case today, especially in city driving environments.
"Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society," said Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche at the unveiling of the concept. “The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.”
Described as the most highly developed concept ever constructed by Mercedes, the F015 Luxury in Motion is equipped with an extensive range of state-of-the-art stereo cameras as well as a series of sensors that allow it to permanently monitor the area surrounding it and operate fully autonomously when commanded by the driver, who is then able to concentrate on other tasks.
Newly developed software also provides the swoopy new concept with artificial intelligence, which Mercedes says will be crucial to building trust between humans and cars as autonomous driving is introduced in coming years.