Driving through rush-hour traffic in a large city is commonly seen as one of the most frustrating experiences a driver can have.
If the latest Mercedes-Benz concept car is any indication, that might not be the case in the future.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its Vision Tokyo concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car lays out a vision of luxury driving in the future, one in which self-driving technology has advanced to the point that the vehicle’s interior is allowed to resemble a lounge more than a car.
“The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo embodies the concept of an automotive lounge for a future generation of megacities,” Gorden Wagener, Daimler’s head of design, said in a statement. “The purity and sensuality of the Vision Tokyo’s styling defines a new interpretation of modern luxury from Mercedes-Benz.”
The five-seat car will be on display during the Tokyo Motor Show beginning Friday through Nov. 7.
The Vision Tokyo’s interior, with its backlit, oval-shaped couch, wraparound LED screens and holographic entertainment system, takes its cues from clubs and lounges frequented by young people, allowing for face-to-face conversations even in the midst of dense traffic.
“Mercedes-Benz aims to show how the car of the future can be turned into a hip living space -- a chill-out zone in the midst of megacity traffic mayhem,” the automaker said in a news release.
Mercedes-Benz has built an ambitious autonomous vehicle r&d program in recent years, with a stated goal of getting a self-driving car on the road by 2020.
Its flagship S-class sedan offers semiautonomous technology that allows itself to drive on the highway, and Mercedes has tested self-driving cars on public roads in California and at its Silicon Valley r&d center.
The Vision Tokyo, however, provides a look at what the company thinks its autonomous car might look like in future generations.