This is the sort of futuristic car I’d imagined we’d be driving soon.

Too bad I may not be around to see it.

Mercedes is jumping on the self driving car bandwagon with a concept that’s as beautiful as it is completely insane. The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion is a concept unveiled by the car makers at CES 2015, no doubt to a room full of awed and skeptical spectators.

The F 015 does is undeniably one of the most futuristic and slick looking self driving cars we’ve seen yet. Its body looks a lot like a 1950s animator’s idea of a futuristic car; that is, it’s not at all consistent with the body shapes of the cars we’re used to driving. But that’s kind of the idea.

Mercedes freely admits that this is one design that won’t see the assembly line for decades to come, but they are feeding our need for ideas about what our kids and grandkids will roll around in some day.

The interior is high-tech and luxurious, featuring hardwood floors and lounge seats, the front two of which turn around to create a kind of mobile conference room. Control screens are mounted on the instrument panel as well as the interior side and back walls. Riders interact with the displays with a combination of gestures and touches.

A laser projection system coming out of the car’s front can create a temporary crosswalk on the street for pedestrians, and the car’s LED tail lights actually spell out the words “STOP” or “SLOW” to help give human drivers a heads-up as to what to expect.

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  1. Dan says:

    “self driving” cars are doomed. Eventually some company will market them. Eventually one of these vehicles will fail in some way causing death and grievous injury. The legal system will then
    commence the process of bankrupting the manufacturer. The price they will need to charge to
    have enough $$$ to cover their legal expenses will make the cars unobtainable. Unless .gov passes laws granting manufacturers blanket immunity the idea is DRT….dead right there. And if .gov DOES pass such laws the quality control will be so utterly shitty that carnage will reign on the highways as the manufacturers will have no incentive to build properly.

  2. antzinpantz says:

    I should have been more clear….I was more interested in its styling, appearance and features than its ability to self-drive. Not really into self-driving cars.

  3. dekare says:

    I remember seeing a car of the future similarly looking to this at epcot in 1981 when it opened at the GM exposition. I was just a kid and thought that I would be driving something like that by the time I hit 30, which was OLD to me then. Well, that didn’t happen. Same for those damn self tying sneakers and hoverboard in Back to the Future. Someone owes us big time. Stop teasing and get on that.

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