Mercedes reveals new Vision Tokyo concept
This odd, monobox creation is Mercedes-Benz's 'Vision Tokyo' concept car. Except for, it's less of a car, more of a self-driving lounge. Welcome to the future, Internet.
The Vision Tokyo follows the F 015 Concept, offering another take on the theme of the automobile as a 'living space'; a place, according to Mercedes, that can be turned into a chill out zone in the midst of megacity traffic mayhem. Aimed then, at Generation Z (those born since 1995, or 'Max Verstappens', as they're otherwise known) the Vision Tokyo possesses all the smarts you would expect.
The interior, accessed via one giant, upwards-opening sliding door, does away with conventionally placed seats, opting instead for a curved bench - like a sofa, basically - that seats up to five people.
There are also wraparound LED screens, 3D holograms for apps, entertainment and maps, and a 'predictive engine' that learns occupants' preferences. Spooky.
Like the F 015 concept before it, it's powered by a fuel-cell electric drivetrain, with the capacity for autonomous driving, thanks to a 360-degree camera and various sensors.
There's a battery on board, together with high-pressure CFRP tanks to store hydrogen, Merc banking on a total driving range of around 980km; 190km via battery powered driving, 790 through electricity produced in the fuel cell.
At 4.8m long, 2.1m wide and 1.6m high, it's roughly the size of an E-Class, but taller, wider and boxier. Should anybody actually want to drive in the future, a central seat is released from the couch, while a steering wheel moves from 'standby' into the correct position. That futuristic bodyshell - an update from the F 015 - boasts lots of soft touch finishes, much leather, 26-inch wheels and glass paneling similar to the glazed cockpit of a powerboat.
Merc tells us the Vision Tokyo's front end can display different light functions\: play music, for example, and the display will feature an equaliser-style sound pattern. Swing around the back, and the rear window gets a ring of LED cubes, which can again function as that sound pattern, or indeed, indicators.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo embodies the concept of an automotive lounge for a future generation of megacities, explains Merc's design boss Gorden Wagener.
Have a look through the pics and tell us what you think\: excited by the prospect of self-driving Merc lounges?