We’ve covered the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion autonomous vehicle concept in our overview and exterior design video, now we delve into the interior design, which is admittedly, the best part of the vehicle. With A pillars the size of elephant legs, a high beltline, narrow DLO and no rear screen, the interior is clearly the main focus of the autonomous concept.
The interior designers of the F 015 Luxury in Motion created a lounge-like space with an ambience characterized by elegance, quality and lightness. The flowing transitions and organic materials such as open-pore walnut wood shaped into a three-dimensional veneer and soft ice white nappa leather contrast with metal and glass surfaces: the leather-covered cushions of the lounge chairs are set in curved mounts of polished aluminum and the seating mounts are adorned with a contrasting blue LED light band. It all comes together to lend a contemporary and technical feel.
The (literally) pivotal feature of the interior is the variable seating system, with four rotating lounge chairs that allow a face-to-face seat configuration. In order to make getting in and out of the car easier, the electrically powered seats also swing outwards by 30 degrees as soon as the doors are opened. If necessary, the driver and front-seat passenger can also turn their eyes and attention towards the front, at which point the steering wheel extends automatically from the instrument panel.
One key aspect of the research vehicle is the continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers and the outside world. Six display screens harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel and the rear and side panels, which turn the interior of the F 015 Luxury in Motion into a digital arena, facilitate this. Passengers can interact intuitively with the connected vehicle through gestures, eye-tracking or by touching the high-resolution screens. Sensors recognize the passengers’ hands and offer them user interfaces within convenient reach that present appropriate operating options for each particular situation while particle streams on the displays visualize the vehicle’s movement.
With the huge amount of space in its lounge-like interior, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion takes the concepts of comfort and luxury to a new level, as befitting an autonomous vehicle. Mercedes says that every facet of the vehicle “reflects the Mercedes way of interpreting the terms ‘modern luxury’, emotion and intelligence,” calling the car “a forerunner of a mobility revolution.”
Check out the video to see the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept interior design process.