Mercedes-Benz decided to reveal its autonomous concept car in January 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but until then, the first spy-shots of the self-driving prototype have surfaced online.
So far, Mercedes-Benz gave us a discrete insight of its self-driving concept interior and announced that its autonomous fleet will undergo testing in California. However, photographs of a fully disguised prototype recently appeared on the internet.
According to Autocar, Mercedes-Benz design director Gorden Wagener, the man in charge of the project, explained that a self-driving Mercedes will be more “emotional” in comparison to the recently revealed Google autonomous vehicle. For now, we will have to settle for that and take his word for it, as the heavy-camouflaged prototype does not reveal much of its shape.
“We have already shown part of our concept’s proposed interior, and we will show a vision for the whole exterior soon. There is no doubt it is an exciting opportunity, but at this stage we are simply exploring possibilities, not confirming how it will be,” Wagener stated.
Nevertheless, the Mercedes-Benz official strongly believes that Mercedes’ proportions are unique and that the most important thing about any design is how it reflects brand values.
“Our cars’ long bonnets, with their cabins sitting back over the rear wheels, are so beautiful that I’m not sure we would want to go away from that concept ,” he added.