Mercedes-Benz is proud to unveil its latest concept car with Vision Tokyo. Much like its namesake city, it has a distinct atmosphere, gives us a feel of the future, and is huge structure-wise. Indeed, it is so progressive that it truly is befitting of the name.
While it allows autonomous driving, this five-seater is intelligent, versatile, and shows the continuing growth of the brand. It maintains the proud tradition of the brand when it comes to inventive designs.
This includes for example the Vision Ener-G-Force, which was shown in November 2012 at Los Angeles and the AMG Vision Gran Turismo during 2013 at Sunnyvale. This is the same principle that allowed the brand to exhibit the G-Code last November 2014 in Beijing.
As the capital of Japan, Tokyo has a population of around 9 million people. With an area of 622 square kilometres, it is smaller compared to Paris but with four times the number of people. However, what makes this city very attractive to many people is that it manages to combination high technology and set new trends but manages to keep tradition intact.
These qualities made it the best place for Mercedes-Benz to display the Vision Tokyo. This will be displayed for the world to see during the Tokyo Motor Show, which is set from October 30 to November 7, 2015.
While the brand already presented an autonomous driven car with the F 015 Luxury in Motion, Vision Tokyo wants people to realize that the future car should be something that is not only autonomously driven but also something where you can relax especially during heavy traffic.
Vision Tokyo therefore pays tribute to Generation Z. These are the people who born on 1995 onwards and grew up with new media. For this generation, vehicles are no longer limited to just transporting people from one destination to another.
Vehicles are now also a means to connect with other people. It does not stop there as the Vision Tokyo has more to offer. It has in it algorithms that continue to change and adapt like the Deep Machine Learning. It also utilizes the Predictive Engine, which over time as it is being used, will learn more about the occupants like preferences.
All of these make the Vision Tokyo the best companion for the new generation. Another innovation in the Vision Tokyo that was not seen since in the Mercedes-Benz is the larger space. This is highlighted with the body in monochrome Alubeam and the side windows that have been screen-printed in the same color.
These allow the occupants inside the vehicle a measure of privacy while giving them a view of the outside and enable light to get inside as well. A number of components of the Vision Tokyo are in blue like the 26-inch wheels, surfaces, side skirts, and lines.
All of these combine to show that this car is indeed emission free. Some of the parts of this vehicle were not placed there just for aesthetics. Take for example the fin on its roof. It has the sensors that help with its autonomous driving and a camera that can rotate 360 degrees.
There is another feature that shows how futuristic the Vision Tokyo really is. Rather than the standard windscreen, it has a continuous glass panelling similar to that of a powerboat's cockpit. Like the AMG Vision Gran Turismo for instance, the front headlamps are placed strategically at either of the side and placed at a specific angle.
Furthermore, the region that is found at the front of the car also functions as a means to show that different functions of its lighting system. For example, when music is currently playing inside the Vision Tokyo, instead of displaying a sound analyzer, what it visualizes is a sound pattern.
At the rear portion, red LED cubes surround the window ensuring that it has visual depth. Similar to front, these LED groupings also has a good function as it can also indicate display or even become part it the car's analyzer function.
In terms of dimension, the Vision Tokyo measures 4,803 mm long and 2,100 mm wide. With a height of 1,600 mm this makes it similar to that of mid-series cars. This car can carry up to five passengers who can access the interior through a door on its left-hand side that can swing upward.
This configuration makes it very apt for use in Japan, which practices the right-hand drive. If the windscreen is not the same as the standard ones, this is also true for the passenger seat. In many convention cars, the seats are arranged in rows.
For the Vision City, there is no such thing. Instead of a "front" or a "back" seat, passengers instead are seated on what looks to be an oval-shaped couch. With this unique set-up, passengers are able to enjoy better the advantages of autonomous driving and even enable them to talk face-to-face.
A lot of the older generation assume that since Generation Z grew up with new media, they mostly prefer social media. The reality is that they still prefer to have personal conversations when possible. Thus, aside from being driven autonomously, it can bring more people together.
Even when traffic is heavy, the people inside can continue to relax and let the car do the driving. In the interior, there are wraparound LED screens at the back of the passengers.
With its perforated seats being back-lit, the interior has that high-tech atmosphere which is contrasted by the pale leather with its soft surface finish. While some concept cars display maps and apps through an entertainment system, the Vision Tokyo does it differently.
Since the passengers are seated in an oval-like arrangement, there is clearly some interior space in the middle. This is where the Vision Tokyo shows the different applications but in the form of a three-dimensional hologram.
If the driver suddenly prefers to drive it manually, the seat that faces the direction the car is travelling is released from the group of seats similar to that of a "jump seat" in an aircraft. In addition, the steering wheel moves to the driving position from its standby position under autonomous driving.
Finally, the body of the Vision Tokyo was designed in a manner that ensures the fuel cells that power it are protected from a crash. This particular design is based on the F 015 Luxury in Motion's F-CELL PLUG-IN HYBRID.
This is integrated with the electricity that is generated and the high-voltage battery that is charged through induction. This concept vehicle also makes use of CFRP pressure tanks in order to store hydrogen. The electric hybrid system allows the Vision Tokyo to run for 980 kilometers where 790 kilometers is due to the fuel cell while the rest of the 190 kilometers is owe to the battery power.