Mercedez-Benz F105 self-driving car

One challenge in writing about incredible futuristic concept cars like the Mercedes-Benz F015 is conveying just how different the experience of being a passenger inside it will differ from today’s rides.

Mercedez Benz F105

“The car is becoming a mobile living space,” explained Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, says in a statement. “Anyone who focuses solely on the technology has not yet grasped how autonomous driving will change our society.” The F015’s cabin is practically lined with video displays, as the six different screens in the dashboard and doors create a digital arena of information flow to occupants. The front seats can swivel to face backward for conversations or forward for manual driving, if wanted.

This vision of the future is startlingly similar to that of another future that was already supposed to have arrived. The General Motors Firebird II turbine-powered autonomous concept car of 1956 predicted a future of self-driving cars in 1976, and it seems now the time has come that this vision is becoming reality.