Smart’s Autonomous Concept Car Can Be Used Without A Drivers License

Smart’s Autonomous Concept Car Can Be Used Without A Drivers License
Automotive

The smart vision EQ fortwo does away with traditional driving controls

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 18 september 2017

The coming autonomous driving future we’re sooner or later going to experience has another design concept entry. Mercedes-Benz, the parent company of smart, presented the smart vision EQ fortwo at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show.

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The smart vision EQ fortwo provides a new vision of urban mobility and individualised, highly flexible, totally efficient local public transport.

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Think of it as less of a car and more like a self-piloted taxi. This is smart’s version of the Google car. The exterior design has a silhouette shape recognizable to smart. Since this is intended to be a shared vehicle, the design team wanted to find ways to make each user’s experience with the car individual to the next.

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The electrically powered vision EQ fortwo replaces the front cooling grille with a display screen. Here, greeting messages are displayed to users before they start their trip and alerts are communicated to pedestrians while the car is driving.

A special film on each of the bubble like side windows can display projected images and messages as well. The absence of any crash structure in the doors seems wishful thinking at this point.

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Even the headlights, a redundant feature for autonomous vehicles are used as visual communication elements more like eyes. They can wink or move to acknowledge pedestrians or communicate a direction of travel.

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The interior has been pared back to a seat and a screen. Gone are any traditional driving controls like a steering wheel, pedals or gauges. The vision EQ fortwo is hailed and fed directions through a smartphone app.

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This concept demonstrates a lot of what if design and use scenarios, more importantly though is the associations made to car2go in the press release and promo video. Car2go is Mercedes car sharing company with 2.6 million members. Mercedes says a new car2go vehicle trip is started somewhere around the world every 1.4 seconds. Their free-floating car sharing service is likely providing them with a vast amount of valuable data about usage peaks, average trip lengths and destination trends which could make their transition to autonomous vehicles easier, at least in cities where they have a history. So maybe something like the vision EQ fortwo will give you a lift sometime around 2030.

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The coming autonomous driving future we’re sooner or later going to experience has another design concept entry. Mercedes-Benz, the parent company of smart, presented the smart vision EQ fortwo at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show.

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