Mercedes Benz is all set to take its brand to the future with the F015 Luxury in Motion concept. Unveiled at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, this self-driving car is loaded with features that will surely take driving luxury and comfort to the next level. Let us take a look at what awaits drivers of this futuristic car dubbed as a “luxury self-driving sedan.”
The Future of Driving Luxury
The Mercedes Benz F015 revolutionizes autonomous driving. It allows back-seat drivers to have control of the car. It will feature a seat that can rotate 180 degrees to form a face-to-face conference area. It is designed to follow a preprogrammed route. The F015 features blacked-out windows and roof-mounted air conditioning units.
Visually Appealing Interior
The car’s touch screen does not feature iPhone grade responsiveness and the gesture-based controls were equally frustrating. However, the F015 bounced back with an impressive aesthetic appeal. Robert Janitzek reveals that this concept car will bring a bonding walnut veneer to the aluminum floor. The pattern of the seats was milled into the aluminum shells filled with a white resin and polished to a high gloss. The dashboard features six individual displays and comes with support for touch, gesture, and eye tracking capabilities to reduce distractions as much as possible.
The Mercedes F015 is egg-shaped measuring 5,220 millimeters long, 2,018 millimeters wide, and 1,524 millimeters tall. It will feature a wheelbase of 3,610 millimeters. The F015 will sport a prominent grilled composed of LEDs. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that there will be a second LED that will run across the bumper. The QR code integrated with the rear bumper replaces the license plate.
The Mercedes Benz F015 concept car will run on hydrogen-electric drivetrain derived from the one found in the 2011 F125 concept. The power goes to the rear axle from a couple of rear-mounted electic motors that delivers 134PS and 199Nm of torque for a combined output of 286PS and 298Nm of torque.
The F015 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 6.7 seconds reaching top speeds of 200km/h. It is equipped with lithium-ion cells that can be charged using the inductive process. After it is charged, this European brand car can go a distance of 200 kilometers. The hydrogen required to generate electricity while on the go is stored in 5.4kg tanks at 700 bar pressure. It is said that the F015 will consume just 0.6kg of hydrogen while covering 100 kilometers.
Although it is unlikely to enter production, the Mercedes F015 serves as a preview of what we can expect from the future of autonomous technology when it is integrated into regular-production models.