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Futuristic Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept revealed

The latest in a series of futuristic Mercedes-Benz concepts has surfaced, called the Vision Tokyo. It follows on from the shape-shifting Concept IAA, and F105 Luxury in Motion autonomous windowless sedan.

Mercedes-Benz Concept Tokyo 2015

Enter the Vision Tokyo. It’s a “chillout lounge in the midst of the megacity traffic mayhem”. Featuring the same silver finish as the other, aforementioned concepts, the Vision Tokyo features a horsehoe lounge arrangement inside with a holographic projector as the centrepiece.

A steering wheel is stowed behind a panel most of the time; itself and a backrest for the front seat becoming available when the urge to pilot the Vision Tokyo sneaks up on you. This is clearly an autonomous vehicle first and foremost and a driveable car second, which is the opposite of how the first commercially-available autonomous cars will be.

Powered by a fuel-cell powertrain with a 980km range, clearly this zeppelin of pure luxury is more flight of fantasy than previewing anything of the immediate future. The brief was to appeal to Generation Z, or the oft-misunderstood ‘millennials’ – a favourite of product planners and marketers it would seem.

Vision Tokyo

The concept makes its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, which opens on the 29th of October.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.