Inside, the rotating seats twist outward once the doors are opened, so it’s easier to step out of the vehicle. The front seats rotate into a traditional, forward-facing orientation if the driver wants to take the wheel, at which point the steering wheel automatically extends out of the dashboard. There are six display screens in the instrument panel and the rear and side panels, which can be controlled by gestures, eye-tracking or touch.
The exterior features a low-slung roofline that flows in one curved line from fender to fender. The body is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, aluminum and high-strength steel, making it 40 percent lighter than today’s production cars. It has suicide doors that open to 90 degrees for easy entry. Mercedes says the body structure could withstand a side-impact crash because of a mechanical system that locks the side doors against one another, as well as to the roof frame and side skirts.
In place of headlights and taillights, the car has color-changing LED light modules that glow blue if the car is driving itself and white if the driver is in control.