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Mercedes-Benz driverless concept

World premiere for futuristic Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion driverless concept car at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Capable of being powered by hydrogen fuel cells, Mercedes says the stunner is a research vehicle and vision of the future of autonomous driving.

Mercedes-Benz F 015

Its body structure is extremely rigid yet lightweight and weighs 40% less than current cars of a similar size due to the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic, aluminium and steel.

Interior space unlike any other – it’s capable of seating four adults either facing each other or in tandem and is finished in open grain walnut, glass, ice white nappa leather and aluminium.

Mercedes-Benz F 015

Connectivity is through a choice of six screens seamlessly integrated throughout the interior, controlled via eye-tracking, gesture recognition or touch.

Four individual lounge chairs are accessed via twin, rear-hinged doors that open to 90 degrees – the seats swivelling by 30 degrees.

 Mercedes-Benz F 015

The F 015 Luxury in Motion can operate in manual or autonomous modes. Large LED light modules on the front and back of the car denote which mode it’s operating in, with white indicating it’s being driven manually and a cool blue hue for when it’s in autonomous mode.

With manual mode engaged, the front seat driver and passenger seats swivel automatically to face the direction of travel and the steering wheel emerges seamlessly from the dashboard.

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