Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept is a self-driving green machine

Mercedes-Benz has traveled to the annual CES show to display a new concept car called F 015 Luxury in Motion. Highly futuristic, the show car was built to preview the autonomous technology that is currently being developed at Mercedes’ headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

To say that the F 015 features an unconventional design would be an understatement. About as big as a new S-Class, the concept is fitted with LED inserts in the grille in lieu of headlights, a nearly horizontal windshield, 26-inch alloy wheels and rear suicide doors that open at a 90-degree angle, eliminating the need for a B-pillar.

The atypical design continues out back with LEDs integrated into the rear bumper and a small QR code that replaces the license plate. Three-pointed star emblem aside, the only visual connection between the F 015 and current members of the Mercedes lineup is the rear light bar, which is loosely inspired by the tail lamps found on the BMW X6-fighting 2016 GLE Coupe that will be presented in Detroit next week.

The lounge-like interior is just as futuristic as the exterior, reflecting the highly innovative nature of the car. The dashboard as we know it has been replaced by a wide touch screen that displays data such as navigation directions as well as vital information about the car and its surroundings. Similarly, the door panels have been tossed out in favor of high-definition color touch screens that ensure none of the occupants get bored on long trips.

The F 015 can accommodate four adults on individual leather-upholstered seats. If the car is driving itself, the steering wheel retracts into the dashboard and the front seats can swivel 180 degrees, making it possible to hold a meeting on the go or simply relax with friends.

The F 015 accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds thanks to a hydrogen-electric hybrid drivetrain that generates a total output of 272 horsepower. Gas mileage checks in at a 117 mpg in a mixed European cycle, and the sedan boasts a total driving range of over 680 miles while emitting nothing but water vapor.

Although the F 015 Luxury in Motion concept is far from production, Mercedes boldly predicts that cars like it will roam the streets of big cities all over the globe by 2030.

Product Review

By adding features, tech, and all-wheel drive, Mazda puts the 3 in a class of one

Since its introduction in 2003, Mazda’s compact Mazda3 has been a mainstay of the brand’s driver-oriented strategy. Mazda now plans to move upmarket, and the all-new 2019 Mazda3 offers some clues about how that’s going to work.
Product Review

The Ferrari Portofino is the super stallion you’ll want to drive every day

With the introduction of the Portofino, Ferrari addresses the California T’s stylistic shortcomings while improving comfort, convenience, and performance. There’s little “entry-level” about this super stallion.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.
Product Review

Who needs a Range Rover? BMW’s X7 has better tech and just as much luxury

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover?
Emerging Tech

Palaces in the sky: The world’s most expensive helicopters

Got millions to burn? Want to soar above all your peers? Check out our roundup of the most expensive helicopters money can buy, whether you're looking for 20-seat capacity or simply a vibration-nullifying experience.
Photo Galleries

This Norweigian Airbnb is the fairy-tale retreat of your childhood dreams

From cliffside domiciles to underwater offerings, there are millions of incredible Airbnbs to choose from. That said, this Norwegian sheep farm will whet your wanderlust whistle and then some.

The Morgan EV3 is a concept no longer — production begins in 2018

Morgan has introduced the EV3 concept, its second all-electric vehicle. Slated to go into production in 2018, the 3-Wheeler-based EV3 is powered by a 101-horsepower electric motor that spins the lone rear wheel.
Emerging Tech

A faithful satellite drifts stunningly close: The best supermoon photos

From a solar eclipse to the Leonids meteor shower, 2017 has been loaded with celestial viewings. This past weekend we witnessed the first and last supermoon of the year and here are the best supermoon photos from around the globe.
Photo Galleries

With its starburst design, the Joshua Tree Residence thwarts sand and spectators

Whitaker Studio expertly transformed a cluster of shipping containers into the Joshua Tree Residence, thus creating a stunning reprieve in the the stark desert landscape of Joshua Tree.

Out of this world rides: The best futuristic cars from science fiction movies

The sci-fi genre has produced some of the most memorable futuristic cars ever made, despite the fact that most will never see a public road. In no particular order, here are the best cars from science fiction movies.
Smart Home

Perched on a cliff, the Hawk’s Nest is a stunning artist retreat in West Virginia

Not wanting to disturb the natural environment of the limestone quarry it sits on top of, Wiedemann Architects uniquely designed the Hawk's Nest in West Virginia to be raised up off the ground and have majestic floor-to-ceiling views.

Survive the apocalypse (or just a week off the grid) with these zombie-proof rides

From hardcore off-roaders to weaponized people-carriers, there are many vehicles out there that can take on the apocalypse. We’ve compiled our favorite zombie-proof rides to get you through the end of the world.

From film to the iPhone, Sony World Photo Awards show the world's diversity

The Sony World Photography Awards has announced the Photographer of the Year, as well as category winners and student and youth prizes. See the images judges selected as the top photos of the year.
Movies & TV

Here’s what a MacGuffin is, and 15 killer examples that made movies memorable

Whether it's a lost soldier, a mysterious briefcase, or the plans to a cosmic weapon, these movie MacGuffins prove that it isn't always the object of an adventure that makes the experience memorable.