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REINVENTING THE CAR, SINCE 1886: THE MERCEDES-BENZ F 015 LUXURY IN MOTION

The F 015 Luxury in Motion is a research vehicle and vision of the future of autonomous driving – unveiled today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
Designed from the outset as an autonomous car, creating new possibilities in vehicle design, packaging and connectivity – a mobile living space
Body structure is extremely rigid yet lightweight, weighs 40 per cent less than current cars of a similar size due to the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic, aluminium and steel
Interior space unlike any other – capable of seating four adults either facing each other or in tandem – is finished in natural open grain wood, aluminium, glass and leather
Measures 5,220 mm in length, is 2,018 mm wide and 1,524 mm tall – making it similar in length to an S-Class long wheelbase, albeit both wider and taller
Maximum interior space made possible by a wheelbase measuring 3,610 mm – 445 mm more than the current S-Class long wheelbase
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: "Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society. The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space."
The F 015 made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, California – starting the New Year with a bold look into the future of transport, of autonomous driving and the possibilities it opens up in packaging, in design, in integration and in how we use cars in our lives
Four individual lounge chairs are accessed via twin, rear-hinged doors that open to 90 degrees – the seats swivelling by 30 degrees to allow easy ingress and egress
Interior is like no other – a mobile living space crafted out of open grain walnut, glass, ice white nappa leather and aluminium. Connectivity is through a choice of six screens seamlessly integrated throughout the interior, controlled via eye-tracking, gesture recognition or touch
The F 015 Luxury in Motion can operate in manual or autonomous modes. Large LED light modules on the front and back of the car denote which mode it’s operating in, with white indicating it’s being driven manually and a cool blue hue for when it’s in autonomous mode. With manual mode engaged, the front seat driver and passenger seats swivel automatically to face the direction of travel and the steering wheel emerges seamlessly from the dashboard
Capable of being powered by hydrogen fuel cells, the powertrain in the F 015 Luxury in Motion draws inspiration from the pioneering F-CELL PLUG-IN HYBRID system first seen in the F 125! research vehicle from 2011 – allowing for the on-board generation of electricity and storage via a series of high-voltage batteries
The all-new body structure is made up of carbon fibre reinforced plastic, aluminium and high strength steel. Resulting structure is around 40 per cent lighter than today’s production cars of a similar size and is extremely strong – enhanced by the external beltlines below the windows which inflate in the case of a side-on collision to protect the occupants of the car
Length/width/height (mm): 5,220/2,018/1,524 (S-Class long wheelbase L/W/H: 5,246/ 1,899/1,496)
The first steps towards an autonomous future were taken in August 2013 when an S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE completed the 62-mile drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim without any driver input – retracing the route taken by Bertha Benz in 1888 on the first recorded journey by a car
The research vehicle marks the start of an exciting year and a busy January – with the new C 350 Plug-in Hybrid and the GLE Coupé both being unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show next week

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