Mercedes reveals new Vision Tokyo concept
This odd, monobox creation is Mercedes-Benzs Vision Tokyo concept car. Except for, its 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 theyre 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, its powered by a fuel-cell electric drivetrain, with the capacity for autonomous driving, thanks to a 360-degree camera and various sensors.
Theres 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, its 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 Tokyos 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 Mercs 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?