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Mercedes-Benz Self Driving Car Concept Revealed
posted on Jan 07 2015 by Kiri Nowak
The automotive headlines of 2014 were littered with mentions of self-driving cars. It was mainly Google stealing the limelight with their version of the driverless car. Some of their cars were even tested on the roads. Other major players in the race to design the ultimate self-driving car include Tesla, Audi and Honda. Now Mercedes has joined the line up with its latest self-driving car concept.
Mercedes are known for producing luxurious, quality cars and the look of the new driverless car is no exception. Google’s initial driverless car effort looked like something out of a space cartoon. Who would want to drive an ugly car like that, even if you can get away without doing much driving? If car manufacturers want to produce a driverless car that will actually do well they need to come up with something people actually want to get into. Thankfully Mercedes have answered our prayers.
This new concept car is called the ‘F015 Luxury in Motion’. Mercedes have definitely designed this car with luxury in mind as well as driverless technology. It has four swivel seats that rotate 30 degree, wide wheels to enable more space and has a flashy interior touch screen.
This spectacular car of the future was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas. Mercedes claim they have designed a car to demonstrate what vehicles might be populating our roads when we travel in ‘exclusive cocoons on wheels.’
Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz cars explained, ‘Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society. The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.'
So what are the F015’s key features?
- It measures 17ft (5.2 metres) in length and 5ft (1.5 metres) high
- It has six high-resolution touch-screens on the doors
- You can switch between automatic and manual mode if you fancy doing some driving occasionally
- It uses a hybrid system and can travel 685 miles (1,100 km) on one charge
- It’s made of aluminium, high strength steel and carbon fibre.
- It can shine LED lights onto the road to tell pedestrians when to cross
This car is unfortunately just a concept for now. Mercedes-Benz have not said when it will become available or how much it will cost. Watch this space…
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