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Mercedes-Benz Luxury in Motion concept: The mobile lounge (pictures)

At CES 2015, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a futuristic concept, a self-driving car that works as a mobile lounge for passengers.

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LAS VEGAS -- At CES 2015, Mercedes-Benz showed off its new concept car, the F 015 Luxury in Motion, intended to show what cars will be like in 2030 and beyond.

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The F 015 uses a lightweight body shell made of carbon fiber and aluminum. At over 17 feet it is quite long, but only measures 5 feet in height. A hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain powers the car, with electric motors at each rear wheel. Zero to 60 mph acceleration is stated at 6.7 seconds.

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Carriage-style doors open from the center. The car has no B pillar, making passenger compartment access easy.

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Sensors around the car allow for fully autonomous driving.

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LEDs in the grille serve to communicate with pedestrians and other cars. As one example, the grille LEDs follow the direction of a pedestrian crossing in front of the car, indicating to the pedestrian that the car has detected him.

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This concept uses 26-inch wheels pushed out to the corners of the car, maximizing cabin space.

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The F 015 is envisioned as a self-driving lounge for passengers in a future where personal, private space has become precious.

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Passengers enjoy a fully connected cabin with many interactive displays.

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Displays on the door panels can show navigation, data from the cloud, and even the passing scenery.

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Four pedestal-mounted seats all look exactly the same, meaning there is no designated driver's seat.

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The front seats turn around, making the interior a social space.

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The touchscreen panels accept gesture control.

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Mercedes-Benz president Dr. Dieter Zetsche describes the F 015 as an "exclusive cocoon on wheels."

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Although fully autonomous, a human driver can take control of the car.

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A modular control system means any passenger can take the wheel.

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