Daimler present new friendly face of self driving cars
The new friendly face of self driving cars is set to be unveiled to the public by Daimler at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.
The self driving cars of the not too distant future, the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo, is a fully-autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals that passengers can hail with an Uber-style app.
Passengers can pick up other people on route and the car will even suggest topics of conversation during the journey.
A panel on the front of the car will welcome passengers and give information about destinations and who is being picked up.
The vehicle’s side doors are gull-like, opening upwards over the rear axle, and will provide news and weather updates.
Self driving cars will respond to voice control
The EQ Fortwo’s functions and settings can be altered through voice-control or through an app.
A lounge-like bench seats up to two people, and if single riders want to share a ride with a stranger, the vehicle will suggest an extra passenger.
Once both passengers are seated, the car’s internal screen will display shared interests, such as sports they enjoy or concerts they both attended.
The Vision EQ ForTwo’s electric motor will be powered by a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery and it would drive itself to a wireless charging station when not in service.
Self driving cars a “vision of future urban mobility”
Smart CEO Annette Winkler said: “The Smart vision EQ Fortwo is our vision of future urban mobility,’ Smart CEO Annette Winkler said in a statement.
“It is the most radical car sharing concept car of all: Fully autonomous, with maximum communication capabilities, friendly, comprehensively personalisable and, of course, electric.”
The EQ ForTwo will be a Level Five automated vehicle, meaning it requires no human assistance and can autonomously go anywhere, any time in any conditions.
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