Driverless Living Space: Future Car Envisioned as Mobile Room

driverless car in city

Blending elements of rigorous automotive and interior design, this concept car may look like a streamlined vehicle but is more akin to a communal living room on wheels on the inside.

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driverless car test model

Unveiled  by Mercedes-Benz at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, features include 360-degree swiveling seats for conversing and viewing, individual touchscreen displays and interactive gesture-based interfaces for driving and recreating alike.

driverless car sitting relaxing

driverless car seating interface

driverless car exterior view

The exterior presents as a classy and aerodynamic sports car  with carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, aluminium and steel. Within, walnut, leather and glass make for a a likewise-luxurious but human-oriented set of materials and finishes. Effectively, it is optimized for its respective purposes of forming a private shelter outside and a cozy habitat on the inside.

driverless car interior view

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Of the design and its direction, Dieter Zetsche notes that “Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society. The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space.”

driverless car sleek look

futuristic driveress car design

The open question remains: how much will cars of the future even look like cars on the outside? As platooning and other hive-like concepts are further explored, we may find vehicles look far different down the line than we might imagine. Still, as a step toward the next generation of community-minded cars, it is a compelling vision.