MEGATech Videos: Mercedes-Benz F 015 Self-Driving Car at NAIAS 2015

If you’re in search of “luxury in motion,” then look no further than the North American International Auto Show last week in Detroit where Mercedes was showing off its F 015 concept vehicle. Of its many future-minded features, two of the most notable are that it’s designed to be self-driving and it happens to get a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric setup.

To say that it’s much bolder in its approach than the more realistic Chevy Bolt EV also shown off at the show would be quite the understatement. Going through some of the information provided by World Car Fans, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 is described as a “self-driving luxury sedan,” continuing the trend of luxury automation that we’ve seen with the “advanced active safety” from Lexus and perhaps even more than Google’s self-driving cars in California.

The hyper-aerodynamic sloping lines of the vehicle are totally in line with what we see in many sci-fi movies and TV shows, though I imagine the more commuter-class vehicles will be more pod-like in shape. By contrast, the Mercedes F 015 looks quite long with an extended wheelbase reminiscent of a Maybach. The interior cabin is akin to a lounge, complete with rotating chairs so the four passengers can sit facing one another. There’s no b-pillar either, so the 90-degree opening doors provide ample room to get in and out of the car.

And then there’s the powertrain. Using the lithium-ion battery cells, you get an effective range of about 124 miles (200 km) through the two rear-mounted electric motors. Those are good for a combined 268bhp and 294 lb-ft of torque. Add in the 5.4kg tanks of hydrogen, which are used to generate electricity, and the plug-in hybrid boosts to a max range of up to 684 miles (1,100km).


Is this the future of luxury or is it just another car show concept vehicle that’ll never see production? In any case, we’ve got some spiffy video of the F 015 below for your enjoyment.

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