The car of the future according to Mercedes-Benz is one that drives itself, has seats inside that swivel to face each other and features a computerized brain that can watch a pedestrian walk by and even offer a digital projection of a crosswalk to help the person cross the road.
The carmaker unveiled the sleek concept car that it is calling F 015 Monday night at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics.
Mercedes-Benz turned a stage inside The Cosmopolitan on the Strip in Las Vegas into a scene usually reserved for annual car shows attracting a swell of photographers on stage afterward.
The company’s leader Dieter Zetsche says there are still questions about driverless cars that require answers but the time is right to think about the car of the future.
“This is what we believe will be next in the terms of the car’s design‚ concept and communication‚” Zetsche said.
The prototype was to take a driver along the Las Vegas Strip later on Monday before being put on display at the huge tech show set to open yesterday.
The show is devoting an increasing amount of space to automotive technology‚ including vehicles that offer some autonomy and greater connectivity. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz aims to transform the car into a rolling luxury lounge that chauffeurs passengers autonomously.