Mercedes Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion research car and its immersive user experience is an innovative perspective into the future of mobility.
Mercedes Benz F 015 Key Highlights
Both manual and autonomous driving systems
Smart Body Structure that combines carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, aluminum and high-strength steels
Front and rear LED modules that communicate with the outside world
Variable seating system with four rotating lounge chairs
Open-pore walnut wood floor
White Nappa leather seats
Six display screens that form a 360° virtual arena
Saloon-style doors that open a full 90°
A PRE-SAFE® Body Structure that inflates on impact, absorbing the energy of a collision
Electric drive system capabilities
Revolutionary vehicle structure
Mercedes F 015 high-strength body Luxury in Motion ensures optimum safety and supreme comfort for its passengers. At the same time, the bodyshell’s structure provides the ideal basis for the door concept that makes getting in and out especially easy, and for the communication-oriented seating featuring four lounge chairs in a face-to-face arrangement. New materials and structures were used to develop the highly efficient “Smart Body Structure (SBS)” of the F 015. By cleverly combining carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and high-strength steels in a way that matches the varying requirements exactly, the lightweight engineering experts Daimler Communications, 70546 Stuttgart/Germany Mercedes Benz – A Daimler Brand were able to make the bodyshell 40 percent lighter compared with today’s Page 4 production vehicles. Another key element of the body design concept is the innovative saloon-door style door system featuring rear-hinged rear doors. The front and rear doors can be opened and closed independently of one another. With an opening angle of 90 degrees for all doors, the spacious interior can be easily and comfortably accessed on both sides. B-pillars were not needed. A very sturdy interconnected system with mechanical locking elements ensures exemplary safety standards. These elements securely interlock the front and rear doors when they are closed at the same time as fixing them firmly to the roof frame and side skirts. The resulting composite load path allows an extremely high amount of energy to be absorbed in the event of a frontal or side-impact, with minimal intrusion into the passenger compartment.
Mercedes-Benz are capable of detecting many different hazardous situations out on the road and reacting as the situation demands – utilizing autonomous braking, for instance. And from the C-Class through to the S-Class, there are already Mercedes-Benz models driving semi-autonomously on public roads today, equipped with features such as DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and the Stop& Go Pilot semiautonomous traffic jam vehicle following function. Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC allows automated parking with active steering and brake control in both parallel and end-on spaces. Daimler Communications, 70546 Stuttgart/Germany Mercedes-Benz – A Daimler Brand In August 2013, Mercedes-Benz demonstrated to great effect that autonomous Page 6 driving is possible now, even in complex urban and rural traffic situations. The close-to-production Mercedes-Benz S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE completed the approximately 100-kilometer journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim fully autonomously, following the route Bertha Benz took in 1888 on the first-ever long-distance drive by car.
Mercedes-Benz is setting the pace of development in the area of trucks, too – as the innovator and launcher of intelligent assistance systems. With it’s Future Truck 2025, the brand presented the world’s first truck to feature autonomous driving at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in September 2014. In July 2014, this one-off vehicle, based on the Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845, drove at speeds of up to 80 km/h in realistic traffic situations on a section of the A14 autobahn near Magdeburg. As a global company, Mercedes-Benz has its sights set on autonomous driving worldwide. To factor in the differences in traffic and infrastructure in other markets, the experts also carry out testing in the USA, for example. In mid-September 2014, Mercedes-Benz became one of the first automotive manufacturers to be issued with an official license by the US state of California for testing self-driving vehicles on public roads there. Also, the company makes use of the USA’s largest test facility, the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS).
“The car is becoming a mobile living space” “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.”