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Autonomous driving – sci-fi or reality?

February 4, 2015 • hybrid car, New Models, News

Mercedes-Benz F015 - Luxury in Motion

The idea of autonomous driving has, for many, long been assigned to the realms of cinematic fantasy. Yet fast forward more than two decades since its first on-screen portrayal in 90s classic Total Recall, and the Mercedes-Benz vision of autonomous driving is emerging as more of a reality than a sci-fi concept.

Total Recall is often remembered for one scene in particular, where Arnold Schwarzenegger finds himself in a ‘Jonny Cab’; a fully-automated taxi that required only the destination details of the passenger before sitting back to enjoy the ride.

When the system failed to work however, ‘Arnie’ resorted to ripping the vehicle to pieces; an unforgettable moment in cinematic history but probably not one that resulted in a second thought for the reality of autonomous driving.

The recent unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept car took place at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas early last month. This annual event has been introducing breakthrough technologies and innovations for more than 40 years, and the F 015 concept car illustrates the significant strides towards self-driving vehicles becoming commonplace.

With a cocoon-like self-driving sculpture hosting the ultimate immersive and luxurious interior, it’s clear the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion is leading the way in defining the future of intelligent, luxurious and advanced mobility.

Its key features include a variable seating system, with four lounge chairs allowing a face-to-face seat configuration in order to maximise space, saloon style doors for easy access and six integrated display screens enabling the continuous exchange of information between the vehicle, passengers and the outside world.

Mercedes-Benz is already well on the road to autonomous driving, with cars capable of detecting many hazardous situations. Features such as Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC and the semi-autonomous Stop&Go Pilot traffic jam function, show just how far we’ve come in delivering semi-autonomous solutions, while The F 015 shows there might not be much further to go until fully-autonomous driving is also a reality.

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