Automated vehicles are the talk of the town now-a-days and every manufacturer is trying their hand on the technology of the future. While Google Car has taken the technology to a new level altogether, the more conventional manufacturers are trying to be more subtle with semi-automated cars. And at the CES 2015, Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed their automated F-015 Luxury in Motion concept.
Coined as the “future self-driving luxury sedan”, the F-015 is part of the vision of future motoring luxury by Mercedes-Benz. The odd looking concept from Mercedes resembles an egg is made extensively from Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) which enables the vehicle to weight as less as 40% to a similar sized vehicle. And mind it, it's not a compact car at all. The dimensions are At 5,220 mm in length, 2,018 mm in width and 1,524 mm in height, the concept is as long as an S-Class LWB, but wider and taller.
What interests us more is the interiors of the car. The lounge-like cabin features four rotating seats, which will help occupants to face each other, while the car self-drives to the destination. As soon as the doors open, the seats rotate by 30 degrees, allowing passengers to exit or enter the car easily. The dashboard houses six displays for the interaction with the computer control through touch, gesture and tracking functions.
The car will be powered by a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell that promises a range of 1100km. The two rear-mounted electric motors produce a combined output of 268 bhp and 398 Nm, which help the concept sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 200 km/h.