Mercedes' Vision of the future
AN AUTOMOTIVE lounge for a future generation of megacities, paying homage to the urban Generation Z.
It may sound nightmarishly Orwellian, but fear not, it is just Mercedes-Benz speak for its Vision Tokyo concept revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The visionaries at Benz are hinting at a future where Gen Zedders aren't too bothered about the thrill of driving, instead saying the Vision Tokyo is more an autonomous "club lounge for young, urban trendsetters" where the car is "a digital automobile companion".
It all looks rather wonderful, even to those of us unfortunate enough to have been born before Gen Z's cut off date of 1995.
The concept features seating for five, accessed via an upward-swinging door.
Inside seat rows are done away with and replaced by a large oval-shaped couch, a "chill-out zone in the midst of megacity traffic mayhem".
A driver can override the autonomous system for manual control, but with large wraparound LED screens and apps, maps and displays presented as 3D holograms, why would you bother?
And you didn't expect anything as antiquated as an internal combustion engine on board did you?
Carbon fibre pressure tanks are envisaged to store hydrogen, with an electric hybrid system promising a total range of 980km: 190km from battery-powered driving and 790km on the electricity produced in the fuel cell.
Lighting reflects the emission-free drive system, with surfaces and lines illuminated in blue - including the 26-inch wheels and side skirts.
The vehicle of tomorrow? If it's aimed at Gen Z buyers, it may be here sooner than you think.