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Mercedes-Benz used the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to reveal a fully autonomous concept called F 015 Luxury in Motion.

The F 015 Luxury in Motion concept is quite the odd looker. With proportions of 205 inches long, 79 inches wide, and 59 inches tall, and a overall design that places it in sci-fi flicks from the eighties. But the odd looks do have a purpose. Step inside and the F 015 features seating for four people in a living room atmosphere. The seats swing outwards by 30 degrees to allow for easier entry or exiting of the vehicle. The dashboard is comprised of a large touchscreen and a steering wheel that retracts when the vehicle is in the autonomous mode. There's also four additional screens are integrated into the door panels.

Other key parts of the F 015 Luxury in Motion include large LED light modules at the front and rear which allows the vehicle to to communicate and interact with the outside world, and a hydrogen-electric powertrain.

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Ahhh, the old GM early '70s / Chrysler late 50's swiveling seat concept. 

 

Mercedes shows all these 'futuristic' concepts yet never builds any of them. 

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:roflmao:

 

That is one freakin ugly car. The interior has been done and shown already from US auto companies. Nothing new.

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If Mercedes went so far off the line and even had seats facing each other like that in a gondola, why not go a step further?

 

Make it symmetric; give the same fascia in the back. When the vehicle is traveling in one direction the lights for other direction turn into rear lights. Put the info-center in the middle. It will also save costs of manufacturing.

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Probably aero dynamics would prevent a symetrical design.  Most Mercedes sedans are in the .23-.27 drag coefficient range, my guess is they are shooting lower here to like .20 for max efficiency.   This thing is almost as big as an S-class too, this is a large vehicle.

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Larger vehicles generally are easier to make lower aero numbers; less abrupt transitions.

 

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Most Mercedes sedans are in the .23-.27 drag coefficient range

Apparently, mercedes grossly overstates these numbers. GreenCarReports tested the CLA and it's claimed .23 number is actually .30
 

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I actually like its look, it is unorthodox but has a classic vibe to it. And as always, it is a respectable engine. Looks very comfortable and with suitable space, and I like the seat-turning detail for entry and exit.

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