Saturday 23 November 2019

'Self-drive' Merc for when cars are 'mobile living spaces'

Mercedes F015 Luxury in Motion
Mercedes F015 Luxury in Motion

Mercedes revealed a car at Las Vegas yesterday which was designed from the start to be an autonomous vehicle.

They say the F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle is a vision of future autonomous driving. It was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas

It weighs 40pc less than current similarly-sized cars. The interior can seat four - in lounge chairs - and they can face each other if they so wish.

It is 5,220mm long, 2,018 wide and 1,524mm tall. That means it is similar in length to an S-Class long wheelbase but wider and taller.

Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche says cars are growing beyond their roles as mere means of transport. He claims the car will "ultimately become a mobile living space".

The extraordinary room inside is possible because the wheelbase is 445mm more than the S-Class LWB.

The twin, rear-hinged doors open 90 degrees to reveal a cabin of open-grain walnut, glass, ice-white nappa leather and aluminium. And of course there is the connectivity. There is a choice of six integrated screens that are controlled by eye-tracking, gesture recognition or touch.

The car can also be powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Irish Independent

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