Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo: Connected Lounge.
Groundbreaking spatial experience.
The Vision Tokyo is the latest trailblazing spatial experience to come from Mercedes-Benz: its monolithic structure, futuristic design idiom and unique lounge ambience in the interior define it as luxurious, young and progressive – thus making it a fitting tribute to the sophisticated megacity and trendsetting metropolis that is Tokyo. Spatially efficient, versatile and intelligently connected, the Vision Tokyo – which is also capable of driving autonomously – is an urban transformer that reflects the growing youthfulness of the Mercedes-Benz brand. Tokyo represents a fascinating combination of tradition and contemporary high tech and is constantly defining new trends – the ideal location for the premiere of the show car that will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show from 30 October to 7 November 2015. The Vision Tokyo is the brainchild of the designers working within Mercedes-Benz’s global network of Advanced Design Studios.
Hot on the heels of the F 015 Luxury in Motion autonomously driving luxury saloon comes the Vision Tokyo, with which Mercedes-Benz aims to show how the car of the future can be turned into a hip living space. The Vision Tokyo is a homage to the urban Generation Z, the cohort of people born since 1995 who have grown up with the new media. The role of the vehicle has changed for them: it is no longer simply a means of getting around, but a digital, automobile companion. Innovative algorithms allow the Vision Tokyo to evolve constantly; Deep Machine Learning and an intelligent Predictive Engine mean that, with each journey, it becomes more and more familiar with its occupants and their preferences. The spaciousness of the Vision Tokyo marks a new conceptual approach for Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Surfaces and lines illuminated in blue provide unexpected colour highlights and are indicative of the concept car’s emission-free electric drive system. A pointer to the potential for autonomous operation and the comprehensive system of vehicle environment sensors that this requires is provided by the fin on the vehicle roof. Instead of a conventional windscreen, the Vision Tokyo features a continuous stretch of glass panelling – similar to the glazed cockpit of a powerboat. The area across the front of the vehicle can be used to display a series of different lighting functions.
The dimensions of the Vision Tokyo are comparable to those of a mid-series vehicle. Up to five passengers access the interior via the upward-swinging door on the left-hand side – ideal for the right-hand-drive traffic in Japan’s megacity. The conventional seating arrangement in rows is thus redundant: passengers take their seats on a large, oval-shaped couch. This unique lounge-style arrangement allows everyone on board to enjoy the benefits of autonomous driving. Apps, maps and displays emanating from the entertainment system are presented as three-dimensional holograms within the interior space. The bodyshell of the Vision Tokyo has been designed to allow the crash-protected integration of a fuel cell-powered electric drive system. This is based on the trailblazing F-CELL PLUG-IN HYBRID of the F 015 Luxury in Motion and combines the on-board generation of electricity with a particularly powerful and compact high-voltage battery that can be charged contactlessly via induction. The use of pressure tanks made from CFRP is envisaged for the storage of hydrogen in the concept car. The electric hybrid system has a total range of 980 kilometres, of which some 190 kilometres come courtesy of battery-powered driving and around 790 kilometres from the electricity produced in the fuel cell.