There are a lot of things you expect to see at 5:45 a.m. in the morning. A gorgeous sunrise first comes to mind, perhaps along with a few birds chirping. But today near San Francisco, one get up at the crack of dawn cyclist was in for an extra special treat!
He was in the right place, at the right time on Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands this morning when the F 015 Luxury In Motion Mercedes-Benz concept and research vehicle just happened down the lane. Fortunately for us, he managed to snap a shot or two of it in action.
Car Pro reached out to Mercedes-Benz to find out just what this self-driving technology packed marvel was doing at such an hour of the morning, across from a site as stunning as the Golden Gate Bridge no less. In an email, Mercedes-Benz Head of Research, Development and Environmental Communications Koert Groeneveld told us they were filming the F 015 Luxury In Motion for communication and marketing purposes. As scene-stealing as the vehicle is, we can’t say we blame them for choosing this particular filming location, either.
Mercedes unveiled the autonomous stunner earlier this year at both CES and the 2015 North American Auto Show in Detroit. However, testing is far from over as the vehicle is still in its very early research stage. Current development work is being done at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America in Sunnyvale, just south of San Francisco. Groeneveld says that Mercedes-Benz research vehicles pursue a clear strategy, and that’s to make new technologies experienceable, drivable and assessable.
Mercedes-Benz says one key aspect of the research vehicle is the continuous exchange of information between vehicle, passengers and the outside world. It has six display screens harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel and the rear and side panels, which turn the interior of the F 015 Luxury in Motion into a digital arena. Passengers can interact intuitively with the connected vehicle through gestures, eye-tracking or by touching the high-resolution screens. Add in laser projection and LED displays, and the electrically propelled F 015 Luxury in Motion establishes contact to the outside world and is a real social partner in traffic.
Check out the Mercedes-Benz video below for a closer look at its world premiere.
Photo Credit: Erik Noland