Daimler is taking a leap of faith just in time for the 2017 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show – they are presenting a vehicle, in concept form, with no steering wheel and pedals.
Daimler’s Smart subsidiary has now revealed ahead of the official worldwide introduction of their concept car in Frankfurt, the Vision EQ ForTwo being a fully electric two-seater developed for urban use and controlled by an advanced autonomous driving system. It’s not only that, but Smart isn’t even discussing personal ownership – instead pitting it as the ideal vehicle for car sharing.
Naturally, we can see the basics of the prototype was the regular ForTwo Electric Drive – which has been deeply transformed to become the future city car we have in view. The body retains the traditional lines, but comes with smart (!) features. For example, the headlights and taillights are actually LED screens, while the grille is a huge digital panel capable of displaying multiple messages as a way to communicate with others on the road. A special film coating has even been applied on the side windows, again projecting info towards outside.
The minimalistic interior is accessible via pivoting doors that reduce the risk of accidents and save space – and inside all conventional ideas have been thrown away. There’s just one wide display up front and no steering wheel and pedals. A lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 30 kWh is giving juice to the propulsion system, with the Vision EQ ForTwo capable of inductive charging. This concept is also a preview for the Daimler EQ sub-brand that will see ten electric cars in production by 2022.