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.
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.