Is this the vehicle of the future? Mercedes-Benz unveiled a new concept car late Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that looks more like a living room. The car is the F 015 and the company calls it "Luxury in Motion."
There is no traditional steering wheel and no driver's seat, but does have four doors that open in opposite directions and four swivel seats to maximize space.
"Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society," Daimler AG Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche said in a press release. "The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space."
Without having to drive, occupants can work or just relax and check social media. Screens in the cabin let passengers interact with the vehicle and entertainment controls.
"The luxury saloon with total connectivity gives a preview of how the self-driving car of the future could become a platform for communication and interaction," reads the Benz YouTube page description.
Mercedes notes that the vehicle will come with an electric hybrid system that will have a range of around 1,100 kilometres.
Mercedes-Benz is far from the first auto maker to experiment and show off self-driving concepts, but this appears to be the most luxurious so far.
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