While driverless cars have received plenty of attention for what they hold for the future of transportation, few – if any – have won any design awards. In fact, most of them offer cramped interior quarters and an exterior shell that often looks like, well, like the humped shell of a bashful tortoise. At CES 2015, however, Mercedes-Benz single-handedly blew away the competition with their stunningly sleek and roomy F 015 Luxury in Motion concept car.
What previous self-driving cars lacked in style and comfort is more than made up for in the four-seat F 015 Luxury in Motion. Clearly, Mercedes-Benz realized the obvious, that in the absence of the need for a human driver, the interior accommodations of a car can be emphasized for greater comfort and space. With four, over-sized seats that swivel to face either the front or center of the cabin, the inside of the F 015 looks more like a late night futuristic lounge than the utilitarian fixed bench seats of traditional motor vehicles.
The car’s French doors open to polished accents of metal and glass surfaces, an open-pore walnut wood flooring and white nappa leather seats. And if that weren’t enough, the insides also come with six display screens for what Mercedes-Benz calls a “digital living space.”
If taking control is preferred, then the intended driver need only swivel back to the front where with a gesture the steering wheel comes out of the dashboard. Above the dashboard is a front widescreen digital panel for additional controls and monitoring. Bad. Ass.
Enabling the F 015 to drive itself are front and rear LED displays, a laser projection system at the front that allows the car to “sense traffic and other obstacles around it” along with “sounds and spoken instructions [that]add an extra layer of acoustic safety.” And if this car actually comes to fruition, then it promises to boast an electric hybrid system that will give the car the ability to travel “just under 700 miles on purely electric power, with zero local emissions.”