Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The minivan concept is the German automaker’s vision of an autonomous automotive lounge for the future generation of megacities. It is also a homage to Generation Z, referring to the people born after 1995, who have grown up with new media.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept is not just a means of getting from one point to another but puts more emphasis on being a digital automobile companion. The five-seat minivan integrates innovative algorithms that give it Deep Machine Learning and Intelligent Predictive Engine allowing the car to get more and more familiar with its occupants after every trip.
The exterior features rounded-off edges and is finished in a monochrome Alubeam paintwork with the side windows also screen printed in the colour of the vehicle, which allows for privacy while simultaneously offering outside view to the occupants. The front gets a massive grille with the rear windscreen surrounded by LEDs; both are illuminated and can visualize the sound playing inside. Conventional front windshield has been replaced by a continuous panel of glass. The concept minivan measures 4,803 mm, 2,100 mm and 1,600 mm in length, width and height respectively.
The inside is where major changes take place. To get in, you will have to go through the upward swinging doors located on the left side. Once in, you’re greeted not by rows of seats but instead with an oval-shaped couch. The lounge-style cabin is centred on connectivity and social media. There are large wraparound LED screens behind the passengers, and in true sci-fi twist there is a three-dimensional hologram in the centre that has displays for apps, maps and other entertainment functions.
If manual driving is required, a seat facing in the direction of travel can be released from the centre of the couch at the front and the steering wheel is also moved from its standby position into driving position.
Power for the Vision Tokyo concept comes from a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain and also from a compact, high-voltage battery that can be inductively charged. The hydrogen storage tanks are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). The company claims total driving range of 980 km (609 miles), out of which around 190 km (118 miles) is from batter power power alone and approximately 790 km is from electricity produced in the fuel cell.