Lincoln Motor Co. does not plan to launch an autonomous vehicle for retail buyers anytime soon, but its designers have some ideas about what one might look like.
Ford's luxury brand on Thursday unveiled the Model L100 concept, a self-driving sedan that's longer than the extended-length Navigator L and powered by a solid-state battery. The concept, not intended for production, includes some wild features, such as a digital floor that displays customizable colors and graphics; a crystal "jewel-inspired chess piece controller" that replaces a traditional steering wheel and acts somewhat like a computer mouse to help occupants guide the vehicle; and "smart" wheel covers that can be programmed to display patterns or other information, such as battery charge levels.
The Model L100 — named for the centennial anniversary of the 1922 Lincoln Model L — debuted Thursday ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where Lincoln is the featured marque. Its exterior design shares some similarities to the recently unveiled Star concept, and designers say the Model L100 will likely inspire their work on future production models.