Mercedes’ F 015 Luxury in Motion Is an Autonomous Vehicle from the Year 2030

Mercedes-Benz has finally taken the wraps off its mysterious concept at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas – a self-driving luxury sedan called F 015 Luxury in Motion.

As with all Mercedes-Benz F concepts, this one is a futuristic study, with the automaker saying that it “shows how the automobile is changing from a means of transportation to a private retreating space.”

Mercedes-Benz also says the F 015 study is its answer to a rapidly changing world. By 2030, the number of mega-cities with more than 10 million inhabitants will increase from about 30 to over 40. This means driving a car in the city will become more and more difficult and frustrating, which is where the F 015 comes in.

“The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time. Autonomously driving cars by Mercedes-Benz shall offer exactly that. With the F 015 Luxury in Motion, this revolutionary concept of mobility becomes tangible for the first time,” says Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

The F 015 Luxury in Motion offers a generous space in a lounge-like interior, which allows a continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers, and the outside world.

The highlight of the F 015’s interior concept is the variable seating system, with four rotating lounge chairs that allow a face-to-face seat configuration. All four passengers can use their time aboard to work, to relax or to communicate. Additionally, 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 – when manual driving is wanted. To this end the steering wheel extends automatically from the dashboard.

The research vehicle continuously exchanges information with the passengers and the outside world via six display screens integrated into the instrument panel and the rear and side panels. Passengers can interact intuitively with the connected vehicle through gestures, eye-tracking or by touching the high-resolution screens. By means of laser projection and LED displays, the electrically propelled F 015 Luxury in Motion establishes contact to the outside world and is a real social partner in traffic, according to Mercedes-Benz.

As you have probably noticed by looking at the photos, the F 015 has unusual proportions: it’s 5,220mm long, 2,018mm wide and 1,524mm tall. It also has an unusually large wheelbase of 3,610mm in order to provide the maximum possible space for the passengers.

The vehicle features a seamless, monolithic exterior with large LED light modules at the front and rear which have a range of different lighting functions. The LED fields also allow the F 015 to communicate and interact with the outside world. For example, these LED fields show if the F 015 is driving autonomously (blue) or is controlled manually (white).

The study’s bodyshell is about 40 percent lighter compared with today’s production vehicles, thanks to the use of new materials and structures such as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and high-strength steels. The vehicle has an electric drive system with fuel cell, based on the F-Cell Plug-In Hybrid system seen in the F 125! research vehicle from 2011.



  • Alx

    Those break lights are a bit pixelated for 2030.

  • Six_Tymes

    very cool, we need a real change

  • R1S0

    5,2 meter long and you have no space for your legs… but you have 25 displays!

  • Six Thousand Times

    So, nobody can see inside and the car will actually do the driving for you? Anybody else thinking what I’m thinking?

  • SSS

    If this car was meant to be autonomous car…then why is there a steering wheel?
    For additional safety??
    I think it will be really dangerous trusting this car,turning the seat towards the other side
    then if any accidents happen grabbing steering wheel again?
    It will be difficult to rotate the seat back again and grab the steering wheel.
    I don’t get the use for the steering wheel.Can anyone explain to me?

  • shiv

    I have a sinking feeling MB has been infiltrated by GM executives…

  • Kitty
Tuned Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S With 730 HP Is Lambo Aventador-Fast

Watch this upgraded AMG GT 63 S accelerate to over 186 mph on the Autobahn with ease.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Makes A Great Case For Big Luxury Saloons

Bentley may have a winner in its hands with the Bentayga, but the new Flying Spur is closer to its core values.

Volkswagen Auctions Beetle Final Edition To Serve A Good Cause

The event took place at the Chattanooga plant over the weekend, where the new Atlas Cross Sport will be made.

All This Swedish Ferrari FF Wanted Was To Be An Italian Police Car

The FF certainly has enough room in the rear to hold any criminals, although it won’t because that’s simply a nicely executed wrap.

Does The Ford Ranger Raptor Work As A Family Car?

While it might not be as fast as the Raptor moniker suggests, it excels at arduous terrains – but can it be your daily driver?.

The New Honda Fit Might Not Make It Into The United States

Nothing is official, but so far Honda refers to the model only as the Jazz, plus sales of the current Fit in the US have declined by 17 percent this year.

Is Tesla Readying A “Track Mode Package” Upgrade For The Model 3 Performance?

According to info contained in a parts catalog list, the Performance version of Tesla’s entry-level sedan is set to get new tires and upgraded brake pads.

Ferrari’s First U.S. Tailor Made Center Opens In New York City

The new Tailor Made Center is housed in a redesigned showroom and features a private owners’ lounge as well as space for five cars on display.

VW Working On Two SUVs To Slot Below The Tiguan – Could They Be US-Spec Versions Of T-Roc And T-Cross?

These two should hit the U.S. market alongside the electric ID.4, but it’s unknown if they’re federalized versions of existing ones or distinct models.

DS3 Crossback Is Oh So Chic, But What’s It Like Under That Fancy Dress?

The DS3 Crossback is the French automaker’s answer to the likes of the Audi Q2, BMW X2 and Mini Countryman.