LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Germany’s Daimler AG wants to reset consumers’ expectations about self-driving cars with a unconventional Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept, denounced Monday dusk during a annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
“Anyone who focuses usually on a record has not nonetheless grasped how unconstrained pushing will change a society,” pronounced Daimler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche, one of this year’s keynote speakers during CES. “The automobile is flourishing over a purpose as a small means of ride and will eventually turn a mobile vital space.”
Until now, automakers such as Daimler and Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) Audi have mostly focused on building programmed systems, including braking and steering, that make cars safer and easier to operate.
The F 015 oppulance sedan concept, with a atmospheric cabin and lounge-like seating for four, explores new possibilities for self-driving cars that can double as practical vital bedrooms on wheels. And in gripping with Mercedes tradition and a concept’s “luxury in motion” theme, a post-modern newcomer space is embellished in walnut veneer, nappa leather, discriminating aluminum and glass, with soothing blue LED lighting.
The F 015 can be operated autonomously or manually. When a car is in entirely driverless mode, a 4 motorized loll chairs can be rotated to concede face-to-face conversations. When compulsory for primer operation, a driver’s chair swivels behind to face forward.
To promote connectivity with a outward world, a F 015 is versed with 6 digital arrangement screens around a cabin. The screens can be activated around gestures, eye-tracking or touch.
Mercedes wrapped all that imagination hardware and program in a lightweight, impact-resistant structure of carbon-fiber, aluminum and high-strength steel. The judgment was also designed to accommodate an electric engine and hydrogen fuel cell.
The F 015 represents a outrageous jump brazen conceptually and stylistically from a Mercedes-Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive investigate car that piloted itself on a 100-kilometer tour from Mannheim to Pforzheim in Aug 2013.
The 2013 journey, done in a specifically mutated S-Class sedan versed with several programmed systems, traced a trail driven 125 years progressing by Bertha Benz, mother of association co-founder Karl Benz, in one of a world’s initial gasoline-powered automobiles.
Mercedes now equips several of a prolongation vehicles with a accumulation of semi-automated systems, including parking assist, trade jam support and steering assist.
The company’s brazen vision, embodied in a plan patrician “City of a Future 2030+”, sees self-driving cars as a springboard for redesigning traffic-dense civic spaces with singular “safety” zones permitted usually by unconstrained vehicles.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Las Vegas; Editing by Alan Crosby)
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