Mercedes leaps into the future with the F015

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Mercedes chose to reveal the F015 car at the Consumer Electronics Show instead of the International Auto Show and this should give you a clue that this isn't just any normal car. The Mercedes Benz F015 Luxury in Motion could never be classed as a normal car as it blows everything else out of the water when it comes to carrying four passengers in comfort and it’s packed with tech.

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The Mercedes Benz F015 is a futuristic concept car in the form of a pod car that is run on a fuel cell hybrid powertrain, which allows up to 684 miles with zero emissions on the fuel cell power and a further 124 miles on the stored battery power. At the moment Mercedes are not giving out any information about the combination of fuel cells, batteries and motors.

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Mercedes also didn’t have a lot to say about the exterior of the car other than it has a low slung front end with streamlined and smooth roof line with a flat front windscreen. The car does look like something that would be seen in Back To The Future though.

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There hasn’t been a lot of talk about the details of the car, Mercedes wanted to focus mainly on the highlight of the concept car, which is the cabin, designed in the lounge style. The seating in the front of the car can be pivoted around so that they face forwards or face the back seating of the car.

What stands out about the car is that a human being doesn't have to drive it. It can drive itself and this leaves the people in the car to sit face to face and have a chat in a rather roomy interior. When the doors of the car open the seating automatically swivels 30 degrees out so that passengers can get in and out easily.

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While the seating arrangement of the F015 is perfect for having conversations, there is also a digital arena inside the car that keeps all of the occupants connected. This is in the form of 6 high resolution displays that are fitted into the side panels and instrument panel. These displays may be operated just by touch, eye tracking or by gestures. While there doesn’t need to be a driver in the car, Mercedes chose to leave a steering wheel in the car.

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The cabin of the Mercedes F015 is designed in metal, glass, walnut wood and ice white Nappa leather, so perhaps it isn't aimed at families with young children. Mercedes didn’t speak up about the autonomous systems in the car. Instead they pointed to the S 500 Intelligent Drive which in 2013 went 62 miles on its own using a 3D road and infrastructure map of the route along with vehicle sensors.

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"We have a master plan in place to take the big leap required, getting from technically feasible to commercially viable," says Dr Dieter Zetsche, Daimler AG chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "The F 015 Luxury in Motion demonstrates where this may take us."

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We cannot wait to see where Mercedes do take us with their new technology as you have to admit, they have started off well with the F015.

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