Last week, San Francisco locals got to see first-hand what life could be like when our roads are filled with driverless cars, and I think we can all agree it looks pretty damn great.
Named the F015 Luxury In Motion – that name is probably the only ill-conceived thing about it – the car was first revealed to the public at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last September. Since then, Mercedes-Benz has announced that it’s become one of the first car manufacturers in the world to receive authorisation from the state of California to test self-driving cars on public roads.
The F015 is being billed as a “virtual living room”, with seating for up to four people arranged in the back like two sets of couches facing each other. So basically, you could call this thing around after a hard day’s work, hop in, pick the wife up and have a glass of wine on your way home. “And, because its Mercedes, it comes trimmed in walnut veneer, nappa leather, polished aluminium and glass, with soft blue LED lighting,” says Jason Fell at Entrepreneur.
San Fran residents are now getting their first look at the futuristic curiosity, Reddit user ‘GoogleplexStar’ posting the pic above, commenting, “This driverless Mercedes is cruising around San Francisco, blowing everyone’s minds.” It was also spotted driving itself around Twin Peaks, near the city’s geographical centre, for a slick photoshoot. It’s not clear whether or not there’s actually someone inside directing it, or if it’s functioning completely autonomously, but either way, it’s a pretty bold statement. Via Driverless Mercedes spotted zooming around San Francisco