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Mercedes F 015 Driving itself in Las Vegas

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its F 015 Luxury in Motion research car, a machine that could make even the happiest of Maybach owners a bit green. The serene sedan is packaged as the quintessential self-driving car, where you and three guests dip into caviar while autonomous Jeeves makes all the driving decisions of consequence.

The F 015 contains swiveling front chairs, so front and rear passengers can face one other; barn-style doors to ease access; and motion-gesture monitors aplenty. Under the skin lies a hybrid-electric fuel-cell powertrain allowing a claimed 1,100km (684 miles) of zero-emissions cruising. The F 015 hints at a time when drivers are removed from the equation, and vehicles become what Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Mercedes’ parent, Daimler, calls a "mobile living space".

On the self-driving front, there are LED displays on the front and rear of the model, as well as a laser projection system on the front, allowing the car to sense traffic and other obstacles around it (the displays glow white when the car is in manual mode and blue when in autonomous). Sounds and spoken instructions are also used to add an extra layer of acoustic safety.

Mercedes F 015 Driving itself in Las Vegas Reviewed by Brandon on 9:14 PM Rating: 5

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