Even though Mercedes has been toying with self-driving cars since the mid-1980s, which was when then Daimler-Benz was working with Professor Ernst Dickmanns from the University of Munich, it wasn’t until 2013 when Mercedes-Benz rediscovered its passion of creating a vehicle that drives autonomously. Not even two years later, the three-pointed star is back with an autonomous concept car that should get all the spotlights at the 2015 edition of CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the F 015 Luxury in Motion.

Offering four seats and a fuel cell plug-in hybrid drivetrain that gives it an entirely green autonomy of 684 miles, the F 015 Luxury in Motion represents what Mercedes-Benz thinks that a luxury car from 2030 could end up looking and feeling like. While its egg-like exterior should be the first to polarize discussions, it is the car’s interior which will keep them going, especially since all four seats can swivel to face each other while the car is driving its four passengers by itself in total comfort.

Unlike a prototype S-Class W140, which used saccadic computer vision and probabilistic approaches to react in real time to road and traffic conditions and drive mostly by itself from Germany to Denmark back in 1995, the F 015 Luxury in Motion relies on low, mid and long-range radar, lasers and 3D video cameras to check all its surroundings in real time. The funny thing is that almost all the technologies found on the concept are production-ready, many of them being already available on current Mercedes-Benz models.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    268
  • Torque @ RPM:
    294
  • 0-60 time:
    6.7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    124 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    100000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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The number plates themselves are gone, having been replaced by QR codes that contain information about the vehicle.

The high-tech concept car has a monolithic appearance, mainly thanks to its rather peculiar proportions and lack of distinctive design motifs or extra lines. Some would see it like a silver bar of soap or a PC mouse on wheels, but if you look closely you will see that the minimalistic design approach isn’t exactly featureless. Sure, there are no mirrors and even the windows seem to blend in perfectly with the doors of the vehicle, while the fantastic-looking Alubeam paint scheme makes the car look like a drop of mercury.

The F 015’s character relies in the implementation of a number of LED light modules at the front and rear of the vehicle, which are not just glitzy-looking but are actually used so that the car can communicate and interact with pedestrians or other cars in traffic.The number plates themselves are gone, having been replaced by QR codes that contain information about the vehicle. Don’t get too scared though, the F 015 Luxury in Motion represents such a huge leap in terms of both technology and design that you will probably not see anything similar on the road any time soon.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 5,220 MM (205.51 Inches)
Width 2,018 MM (79.44 Inches)
Height 1,524 MM (60 Inches)
Wheelbase 3,610 MM (142.12 Inches)

Interior

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Despite that, only four passengers can be welcomed inside, but boy are they in for a treat!

Strictly judging from the gargantuan wheelbase, which at 142 inches even trounces that of the S-Class Maybach, and petite overhangs, it becomes apparent that the F 015 Luxury in Motion is a vehicle made to provide all the available space to its passengers. Despite that, only four passengers can be welcomed inside, but boy are they in for a treat! First of all, the four large doors open at 90 degrees like in a saloon from the Wild West, with all four seats able to pivot so that each passenger can easily get comfortable. Once inside, they are greeted by a sumptuous symphony of luxurious materials, such as open-pore walnut wood shaped in three dimensions, soft ice-white Nappa leather and a number of metal and glass surfaces.

Since the car can drive autonomously, the front seats can swivel to allow a face-to-face seat configuration, creating a cozy and lounge-like atmosphere. On top of that, no less than six displays are installed all around the interior, all giving passengers the ability to interact with the car either via gestures or by touching the screens themselves.

Drivetrain

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In short, the F 015 can be called a plug-in hybrid, or an electric car with a range extender, if you like, but when going into details you will see that it is actually something much more than that.

Apart from offering autonomous driving, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion also brings back an improved variant of the powertrain technology found in the stunning 2011 F125! Concept car. In short, the F 015 can be called a plug-in hybrid, or an electric car with a range extender, if you like, but when going into details you will see that it is actually something much more than that. Combining a fuel-cell system with a compact but very powerful lithium-ion battery, the model has a total driving range of around 684 miles, 124 miles of which come strictly from the juice in the battery and the rest of 560 miles on the electricity created by the fuel cell, all without a single gram of CO2 emissions.

The 29-kWh battery takes its current either from the on-board fuel cell or via non-contact induction technology, not unlike the one used by certain smartphones, while the fuel cell takes its fuel from a host of pressurized cylinders that are made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and can hold approximately 11.9 pounds of hydrogen. Two electric motors situated in the rear of the F 015 have a total output of 268 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to send the vehicle from naught to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds and onto an electronically controlled top speed of 124 mph.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type two rear-mounted electric motors
Output per engine 134 HP
Torque per engine 147 LB-FT
Combined output 268 HP
Combined torque 294 LB-FT
0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) 6.7 seconds
Electronically-limited top speed 124 mph (200 km/h)
Driving range 684 miles (1,100 km)

Prices

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Obviously, since this is a concept car developed to preview a number of technologies whose R&D costs will not be recovered anytime soon, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion most likely costs well over $10 million. Don’t let that price sweep you off your feet though, as you wouldn’t be able to buy the car even if you had the money.

Competitors

BMW Vision Future Luxury

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The Vision Future Luxury may not be as outlandish as Mercedes’ upcoming concept, but the two vehicles have a lot in common. They’re both large, feature state-of-the-art technology, and have luxury-packed interiors. Sure, we still don’t know what Mercedes’ mysterious concept is all about, but any three-pointed star is bound to come with a sumptuously rich cabin, no matter the size or shape of the vehicle.

BMW’s Vision Future Luxury was introduced at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and although the company has yet to confirm it, word has it the concept previews the next-generation 7 Series and the upcoming 9 Series. The German concept showcases a revolutionary approach for the interior, with a nearly button-free dashboard and center console, and an instrument cluster consisting of three inter-meshing layers.

The passenger side of the dashboard comes with a separate information display, while the rear seats are fitted with two additional displays that can communicate with the one fitted up front. A detachable Touch Command Tablet is also at the disposal of the rear passengers. Naturally, the Vision Future Luxury is equipped with the latest in terms of luxurious amenities, including acres of leather surfaces, wood inserts and even silk carpets.

Read our full review on the BMW Vision Future Luxury here.

Conclusion

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While some will likely not enjoy its swoopy but somewhat boring exterior lines, others will probably love its lounge-like, high-tech interior, but what is certain is that most petrol heads will never be comfortable with a personal car that can drive itself. On the other hand, I consider myself a petrol head and I very much welcome the introduction of autonomous driving, but only if all future self-driving vehicles will still allow full driver intervention whenever he or she so desires. Otherwise, we might as well be better off taking the bus or wait for teleportation. Other than that, I kind of dig the amount of technology cramped into this rolling cocoon that Mercedes-Benz calls the F 015 Luxury in Motion.

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    • * It’ll likely be many years before we see this in production
    • * Hydrogen still has storage and pricing issues
    • * Looks like a rolling egg

Update History

Updated 01/06/2015: Mercedes’ latest F 015 Luxury in Motion concept car made its world debut at the 2015 CES, and we’ve updated our review with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Updated 12/31/2014: Mercedes has just revealed a teaser image of the odd concept car that we caught under heavy cover earlier in 2014 on its Facebook page. Along with the teaser image was the quote "The future will be bolder than you’ve ever imagined. ‪#‎mbCES‬." The hashtag indicates that this concept will make its debut at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show on January 6, 2015. Stay tuned!!!

Updated 01/05/2015: Mercedes dropped a series of new teaser images for the future concept car set to be unveiled at 11:00 pm. EST on January 5, 2015. Mercedes will also stream the live press conference online. Check out the teaser images and the live stream after the jump.

Streaming Press Conference - January 6, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. EST

Teaser Images

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Spy Shots

October 15, 2014 - First testing session

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The first thing that catches the eye is the unconventional shape of the car. Although the vehicle is heavily camouflaged, its low-slung, teardrop-like body is visible underneath the drapes, as well as the massive windshield extending towards the front fascia. At first glance, this may look like a hybrid or electric sports car that could go against the Volkswagen XL1, but the images showing a company engineers getting into the car reveal the concept is quite large. The wheelbase seems longer than a midsize sedan’s, while the front and rear overhangs are shorter than usual.

The vehicle reminds us of the F700 concept that was introduced at the 2008 Frankfurt Motor Show, but similarities end with the size and the shape of the glasshouse. Unlike this mysterious concept, the F700 came with a traditional hood and a taller front fascia. Making things even weirder are the small, narrow space-savers-like tires the vehicles rides on. However, judging by the size of the fender flares, these will be replaced by significantly larger rims and tires.

Considering its size, we can rule out any sporty intentions this concept might have, but the shape of it is a strong suggestion Mercedes-Benz is toying with high fuel efficiency and either a hybrid or an electric drivetrain. As with most concepts from the company’s F series, this study is likely to showcase technology Mercedes might be using five years from now. That said, this is either a preview for a mid- or full-size sedan, or an aerodynamic MPV of the future.

Press Release

With the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE and the Future Truck 2025, Mercedes-Benz has already made the vision of autonomous driving reality. The new research vehicle F 015 Luxury in Motion has its world premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show, and provides a concrete example of the visionary ideas the company is developing with regard to autonomous driving of the future. With this self-driving luxury sedan Mercedes-Benz illustrates how the car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a private retreating space. This new way of traveling gives passengers the freedom to use their valuable time on the road in manifold ways.

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Progressing from the self-propelled ("automotive") to the self-reliant ("autonomous") vehicle, Mercedes-Benz as a pioneer goes far beyond the purely technical realization of automated driving. The company’s experts also have to anticipate different outlooks and social trends. People are always at the center of such considerations. Just as the 1886 Benz Patent Motor Car and its successors revolutionized personal mobility and, as a consequence, society as a whole, the first self-driving cars will also bring about major changes.

"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," explains Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Expressive forerunner of a mobility revolution
With the huge amount of space in its lounge-like interior, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion takes the concepts of comfort and luxury to a new level. Every facet of the vehicle reflects perfectly the Mercedes way of interpreting the terms "modern luxury", emotion and intelligence. This innovative four-seater is a forerunner of a mobility revolution, and this is immediately apparent from its futuristic appearance.

It is obvious that the F 015 represents the vision of a brand new vehicle concept just from its unusual proportions (length/width/height: 5220/2018/1524 millimeters), its seamless, monolithic exterior and its large LED light modules at the front and rear. A range of different lighting functions can be provided through these LED fields. At the same time, the vehicle communicates and interacts with the outside world by means of the LED fields. These LED fields show for example, if the F 015 is driving autonomously (blue) or is controlled manually (white).

The low-slung front end, smooth and streamlined roof line, flat front windshield and road-hugging rear end give the F 015 Luxury in Motion an extended and decidedly dynamic silhouette. The F 015 Luxury in Motion’s unusually large wheelbase of 3610 millimeters in combination with its short overhangs clearly show that the design focus was on providing the maximum possible space for the passengers.

A lounge-like interior with an atmosphere of wellbeing
In the interior of the F 015 Luxury in Motion the designers have created a lounge-like space with a feel-good ambience characterized by elegance, quality and lightness. Sensual, flowing transitions and warm, organic materials such as open-pore walnut wood shaped into a three-dimensional veneer, and extremely soft ice white nappa leather contrast with clearly-defined metal and glass surfaces with a cool and technical feel.

The pivotal feature of the innovative interior concept is the variable seating system, with four rotating lounge chairs that allow a face-to-face seat configuration. In order to make getting in and out of the car easier, the electrically powered seats also swing outwards by 30 degrees as soon as the doors are opened. If necessary, the driver and front-seat passenger can also turn their eyes and attention towards the front – a prerequisite for manual driving. To this end the steering wheel extends automatically from the dashboard.

The leather-covered cushions of the lounge chairs are set in curved mounts of highly-polished aluminium. Each seating mount has a contrasting light band of blue LED lights and can also be manually swiveled.

One key aspect of the research vehicle is the continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers and the outside world. This is facilitated by six display screens harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel and the rear and side panels, which turn the interior of the F 015 Luxury in Motion into a digital arena. Passengers can interact intuitively with the connected vehicle through gestures, eye-tracking or by touching the high-resolution screens. Sensors recognize the passengers’ hands and offer them user interfaces within convenient reach that present appropriate operating options for each particular situation. Particle streams on the displays visualize the vehicle’s movement.

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Revolutionary vehicle structure
The high-strength body of the F 015 Luxury in Motion ensures optimum safety and supreme comfort for its passengers. At the same time, the bodyshell’s structure provides the ideal basis for the door concept that makes getting in and out especially easy, and for the communication-oriented seating featuring four lounge chairs in a face-to-face arrangement.

New materials and structures were used to develop the highly efficient "Smart Body Structure (SBS)" of the F 015. By cleverly combining carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and high-strength steels in a way that matches the varying requirements exactly, the lightweight engineering experts were able to make the bodyshell 40 percent lighter compared with today’s production vehicles.

Another key element of the body design concept is the innovative saloon-door-style door system featuring rear-hinged rear doors. The front and rear doors can be opened and closed independently of one another. With an opening angle of 90 degrees for all doors, the spacious interior can be easily and comfortably accessed on both sides. B-pillars were not needed. A very sturdy interconnected system with mechanical locking elements ensures exemplary safety standards. These elements securely interlock the front and rear doors when they are closed at the same time as fixing them firmly to the roof frame and side skirts. The resulting composite load path allows an extremely high amount of energy to be absorbed in the event of frontal or side impact, with minimal intrusion into the passenger compartment.

The doors themselves have a crucial role to play in the vehicle’s passive safety concept. The crash-responsive beltlines underneath the side windows are vital here. The PRE-SAFE Structure, previously unveiled on the ESF 2009 Experimental Safety Vehicle and now further enhanced, offers maximum safety while taking up minimum space: in a side-on collision, these bodywork elements "inflate" in an instant, just like an airbag, allowing them to absorb as much impact energy as possible.

In addition, the bodyshell of the F 015 Luxury in Motion was designed to allow the impact-protected integration of an electric drive system with fuel cell. This is based on the pioneering F-CELL PLUG-IN HYBRID system seen in the F 125! research vehicle from 2011, and combines on-board generation of electricity with an exceptionally powerful and compact high-voltage battery. The pressure tank made from CFRP is designed to store the hydrogen.

The vision: greater quality of life for all city dwellers
As a foundation for creating the F 015 Luxury in Motion, experts from all areas of Mercedes-Benz developed a future scenario entitled "City of the Future 2030+", which considered many aspects of mobile living.

The greater the advance of urbanization, the greater is the desire of the individual to be able to retreat to a private sphere. Autonomous driving will become a given. As drivers are relieved of work and stress in situations in which driving is not enjoyable, the time gained while in their car takes on a whole new quality. Time and space will become the luxury of the future.

New technologies and forms of communication open up numerous new possibilities for interaction, both between the vehicle and its passengers and between the vehicle and other road users.

Autonomous cars also open up new possibilities for urban infrastructure design. Following the example of today’s low-emission zones in city centers, special "safety zones" that are only accessible to autonomous vehicles could be created. Urban space would be regained by autonomous vehicles parking themselves on the periphery.

In the shared space of the future, humans and machines share the roads. The "car-friendly city" is transformed increasingly into the "people-friendly city" without any loss of individual freedom. The divide between residential, recreational and traffic areas therefore melts away. The result is superior quality of life for all urban dwellers.

The road to autonomous driving
Even now, vehicles from Mercedes-Benz are capable of detecting many different hazardous situations out on the road and reacting as the situation demands – by means of autonomous braking, for instance. And from the C-Class through to the S-Class, there are already Mercedes-Benz models driving semi-autonomously on public roads today, equipped with features such as DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and the Stop&Go Pilot semi-autonomous traffic jam vehicle following function. Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC allows automated parking with active steering and brake control in both parallel and end-on spaces.

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In August 2013, Mercedes-Benz demonstrated to great effect that autonomous driving is possible now, even in complex urban and rural traffic situations. The close-to-production Mercedes-Benz S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE completed the approximately 100-kilometer journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim fully autonomously, following the route Bertha Benz took in 1888 on the first ever long-distance drive by car.

Mercedes-Benz is setting the pace of development in the area of trucks, too – as the innovator and launcher of intelligent assistance systems. With its Future Truck 2025, the brand presented the world’s first truck to feature autonomous driving at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in September 2014. In July 2014, this one-off vehicle, based on the Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845, drove at speeds of up to 80 km/h in realistic traffic situations on a section of the A14 autobahn near Magdeburg.

As a global company, Mercedes-Benz has its sights set on autonomous driving worldwide. In order to factor in the differences in traffic and infrastructure in other markets, the experts also carry out testing in the USA, for example. In mid-September 2014, Mercedes-Benz became one of the first automotive manufacturers to be issued with an official license by the US state of California for testing self-driving vehicles on public roads there. In addition the company makes use of the USA’s largest test facility, the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS).

The design

Expressive forerunner of a mobility revolution

Autonomous driving opens up new freedoms in design
Monolithic exterior with a high-tech feel
Flowing transitions characterize the lounge-like interior

The task of the designers of the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion was to come up with a completely new concept and design for a luxury sedan: because autonomous driving will create a lot of freedoms of design that can be utilized systematically. The car becomes a precious, private retreat, particularly in urban traffic.

Thus the visionary research vehicle Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion was born, a vehicle which raises comfort and luxury to a new level by offering a maximum of space and a lounge character on the inside. Every facet of the F 015 Luxury in Motion is the utmost reflection of the Mercedes way of inter-preting the terms "modern luxury", emotion and intelligence. This innovative four-seater is a forerunner of a mobility revolution, and this is immediately apparent from its futuristic appearance. Sensuality and purity, the core elements of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy, combine to create a unique, progressive aesthetic appeal.

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It is immediately apparent that the F 015 represents the vision of a brand new vehicle concept just from its unusual proportions, with a length of 5220 millimeters, width of 2018 millimeters and height of 1524 millimeters, from its seamless, monolithic exterior, and from its large LED light modules at the front and rear. A range of different lighting functions can be provided through these extensive LED fields. At the same time, the vehicle communicates and interacts with the outside world by means of these LED fields. The display signals to pedestrians that the F 015 has "seen" them. The number plate is replaced by a QR code, making information on the vehicle available to the outside world. This, along with the striking narrow luminescent band on the rear end, makes the vehicle into a "communications center" on wheels. The monolithic impression is emphasized by the absence of exterior mirrors and the flush-fitting side windows, which have an almost mirror-like appearance thanks to their finely-patterned surface and which blend almost imperceptibly into the flanks of the vehicle body, finished in alubeam.

Dynamic: an extended, flowing silhouette and pronounced body shape
The low-slung front end, smooth and streamlined roof line, flat front wind-shield and road-hugging rear end give the F 015 Luxury in Motion an extended and decidedly dynamic silhouette. The vehicle body has a pronounced, attractive shape. The generously-sized areas of outer skin fit snugly to the body. The greenhouse is tapered sharply towards the rear, resulting in muscular shoulders which lend an eye-catching contour to the flanks. Together with the powerful-looking side skirt, this gives the sides of the vehicle additional visual structure.

The extremely large 26-inch wheels appear to push down the side skirts, which in turn emphasizes the unusually long wheelbase. The alloy wheels are split into five equally-sized, cross-drilled areas of gleaming aluminum.

Expansive: long wheelbase and "saloon doors" that open wide
The unusually long wheelbase of the F 015 Luxury in Motion, at 3610 millimeters, is longer by some 245 millimeters than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class (3365 millimeters). Combined with the short overhangs, it is immediately apparent that the design focus was on providing the maximum possible space for the passengers.

The F 015 Luxury in Motion does not have any B-pillars. This fact, together with the wide-opening "saloon doors" that open out the other way to conventional doors, makes getting into and out of the vehicle interior particularly convenient and comfortable. The doors open to a full 90 degrees. This allows a clear view of the generously dimensioned and intelligently laid out interior and ensures problem-free entry. The side impact protection features have been cleverly integrated into the door system.

Open space: a luxury lounge providing the highest levels of comfort
In the interior of the F 015 Luxury in Motion the designers have created a lounge-like space with a feel-good ambience characterized by elegance, quality and lightness.

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Sensual, flowing transitions and warm, organic materials such as open-pore walnut wood, which has been shaped to a three-dimensional veneer, and extremely soft ice-white nappa leather contrast with clearly-defined metal and glass surfaces with a cool and technical feel. The transitions between organic, metal and synthetic materials have been designed using matrix graphics; and the flowing transitions deliver a new, unparalleled feeling of bounteous space. The light-colored fine wood used for the floor, for example, flows almost imperceptibly into the cool Plexiglas of the side panels thanks to their unusual surface matrix. The transition between the vehicle floor and the door panels also echoes the outer body shape in a characterful way.

Variable and comfortable: Lounge-like seating system with a vis-à-vis configuration
The pivotal feature of the innovative interior concept is the variable seating system, with four rotating lounge chairs that allow a face-to-face seat configuration. This enables the front passengers to turn around and talk directly to the other passengers while on the move - or to focus their attention towards the front as necessary for manual driving. For this, the white leather steering wheel automatically slides out of the instrument panel – also clad in white leather – and offers the driver a choice of driving options. To make getting in and out of the vehicle really comfortable, the electrically-powered seats swivel 30 degrees towards the doors as these are opened.

The cushions of the lounge chairs are upholstered in extremely soft ice-white nappa leather and set in curved mounts of highly-polished aluminum. Each seating mount has a contrasting light band of blue LED lights and can also be manually swiveled. Harmonious touches are provided by the leather head restraints with the Mercedes star strikingly embossed in them, as well as by the seat belts, which are in the same color as the seat cushions.

Communicative and interactive: the interior as a digital living space
One core theme of the innovative interior concept is a continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers and the outside world. Six displays are installed to this end all around, tastefully mounted in the instrument panel and the rear and side walls, making the interior of the F 015 Luxury in Motion a digital living space – a perfect symbiosis of the virtual and the real world. Passengers are able to interact intuitively with the connected vehicle by means of gestures or by touching the high-resolution screens. Sensors recognize the passengers’ hands and offer them user interfaces within convenient reach that present the suitable operating options for the particular situation. Particle streams on the displays – with brilliant white background graphics – visualize the vehicle’s movement and symbolize its intelligence. In addition, individual displays for each seat provide an innovative way for passengers to take in information.

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