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The Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Concept Car Is a Shape-Shifter with Vision

The fastback will have sensors and cameras monitoring the driver’s vision and transmitting data…

What will we be driving in the year 2030? Perhaps the Mercedes-Benz Concept Digital Core if Daimler AG’s head designer Gorden Wagener has a say. Wagener’s renderings, created specifically for the German publication Auto Bild, present the marque’s response to the Rolls Royce Vision Next 100 concept—both offering full autonomous driving and comprehensive connectivity.

Building from the Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA (that debuted at last year’s Frankfurt auto show), the futuristic fastback will be replete with sensors and cameras intended to monitor the driver’s vision and transmit the information through an extensive “intelligent” fiber optics system. The intuitive operating system will handle all aspects of the transportive experience.

And driven by the marque’s philosophy of “sensual purity,” the vehicle (dubbed “Transformer 3.0”) resembles an elegantly elongated drop of mercury and will be able to shape-shift (due to flexible composite construction) for aerodynamic optimization as needed.

Whether Wagener’s wonder comes to fruition or not, the Mercedes-Benz Concept Digital Core advances the conversation on autonomous mobility in fine fashion and gives the adage “eyes on the road” far more depth of field. (mercedes-benz.com)

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