Mercedes-Benz visualizes a future where a vehicle ceases to be a means to take one from point A to B but rather a “chill-out-zone” amidst the hectic traffic of mega cities.
The automaker debuted a new concept dubbed Mercedes Vision Tokyo, so named because it’s being debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The self-driving car, size of a minivan is built as a digital companion to the youths who crave to stay connected and sharing on social media rather than drive.
Mercedes Vision Tokyo Exterior
The Mercedes Vision Tokyo concept vehicle measures 189.1 inches long, 82.7 inches wide and 63.0 inches tall. The concept will feature a large gullwing door on the left.
The exterior features monochrome Alubeam paintwork. The side windows are also screen-printed in the same color as the body to offer privacy inside. It also features blue lines and surfaces which provide color highlight and also reflect its electric drive system. The traditional windscreen is replaced with a continuous stretch of glass panel which resembles a glazed cockpit of a powerboat.
The headlights are placed at an angle on either side and the traditional grille is replaced by a lighting display which displays various functions such as a sound pattern of the music playing inside. The door will swing to open in a move that makes Tesla’s Model X’S falcon doors look conventional. The concept rides on large 26-inch wheels. At the rear, the concept features an oval window surrounded by a ring of red LED cubes which is used as an indicator display.
Mercedes Vision Tokyo Interior
In future, the automaker believes that many people would prefer to interact with their automobiles rather than seat behind the wheels. As such, vision Tokyo cabin is designed to pamper the passengers inside, while the vehicle drives itself. Its cabin can accommodate five passengers.
The passengers access the vehicle through a large gullwing door and there is no other entry point. Inside, the concept has done away with traditional row of seats and introduces a wraparound couch. Passengers use LED screens on the wall to keep themselves entertained. Further, the Vision Tokyo features a holographic entertainment system at the center. In the rare occasion one of the generation Z occupants feel the urge to drive, there is an option to deploy a seat from the couch and a steering wheel then slides into position.
The target generation is one that is highly conscious of the need to conserve the environment. As such, Mercedes-Benz visualizes a car purely powered by clean energy. In this regard, the Vision Tokyo power-train combines a hydrogen fuel cell and batteries that are inductive charged.
The automaker estimates that the combination would offer a 609 miles range whereby 118 miles is purely on electricity and 491 miles relying on the H2 cell. Other engine specs like acceleration and top speed are not available since it is just a concept which is not feasible at the moment.
The Mercedes Vision Tokyo is just a concept, Mercedes-Benz’s vision of the future and the concept does not hint at any upcoming production model. The concept tries to hint at cars that are still decades away.
Since the future might be different as the automaker has envisaged, the concept features innovative algorithms that allow it to evolve constantly as the dynamics change.