Mercedes-Benz has offered a glimpse of the far-future with its Vision Tokyo Concept, a vehicle that couples a monovolume exterior with a lounge-like interior for five.
Using Tokyo’s high-density population as its inspiration, the Vision Tokyo is designed to appeal to members of Generation Z, those born after 1995, by offering a new-media chill-out zone insulated from the chaos of mega city living.
Like the F 015 Luxury In Motion Concept shown earlier this year, the Vision Tokyo offers fully autonomous driving, with the ‘driver’ seated amongst passengers on a wrap-around lounge. Occupants can then engage in face-to-face contact - for those rare moments when everyone stops taking selfies and runs out of Twitter updates.
Should manual driving mode be required, a steering wheel deploys from the centre of the dash, and a front-facing ‘jump seat’ can be freed from the couch at the front.
A large wrap around glass canopy encases the front of the vehicle in place of a regular windscreen, while beyond that, the rest of the interior glass is replaced by LED screens.
Apps, maps, and entertainment content are displayed holographically in the floor-to-ceiling projection space at the centre of the vehicle. The Vision Tokyo features ‘Deep Machine Learning’ and is able to familiarise itself with the preferences of its occupants.
Access to the cabin is via a single top-hinged door mounted on the left of the vehicle - kerb-side for Japan’s right-hand-drive market.
On the outside the Vision Tokyo uses LED lighting in the 26-inch wheels and bodywork to highlight its design features. The pig snout up front also features an LED array that can signal the car’s current driving mode, or even work as a sound analyser for the music being piped into the cabin.
Power for the Vision Tokyo is also borrowed from the F 015, with an on board fuel cell and plug-in electric hybrid powertrain, with induction charging, providing zero vehicular emissions. Touring range is stated at 190km for the batteries, and a further 790km using the fuel cell.