The Fully-Autonomous Electric Smart ForTwo Concept Car Has A Grille That
Will Greet You With 'Hey'
September 5, 2017 Ryan Felton
Mercedes-Benz has received some shit lately over the new Smart ForTwo
Electric Drive Cabrio, which doesn’t jibe well for the tiny car subsidiary,
which intends to sell only electric vehicles starting in 2018. But electric
Smart cars make perfect sense—they’re meant for cities after all—and a new
autonomous all-electric Smart concept shows how they can work in a future
Called the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo, the Daimler Group feels it takes a
“logical step” toward jettisoning a steering wheel and pedals. It’s pegged
as an all-in-one mobility option—an all-electric, fully-autonomous ride that
can be hailed by passengers looking to get around town.
The car’s design looks like it was made with downtown cores in mind, however
quirky some of the concepts may be. Instead of a sleek grille, for example,
there’s a display panel that can greet passengers with pleasantries. “Hey
David,” one example reads in a photo of the concept. Next to the greeting,
there’s a photo. (That’s surely one way to cut down on people getting in the
wrong Uber or Lyft.)
The car clearly has ride-hailing or car sharing services in mind; Daimler
mentions its car2go platform in a press release announcing the concept car,
saying it can rely on “swam intelligence”—an idea that the car can
constantly be in motion and called upon where needed—to make finding a ride
Those transparent doors may seem a bit off-putting, with an uninhibited look
inside. Smart says they’re coated with a film that can be activated by touch
and display information to passengers in the car. The wing doors pivot over
the rear axle, making for what Smart says is easier access into the car.
If the car’s unoccupied, basic information—current events, the weather—could
be displayed outward. The grille on the front can communicate to pedestrians
on the road when it’s OK to cross, that the car’s en route to a destination,
and can show if only one or two car passengers are inside (because options
like UberPOOL or Lyft Line are apparently permanent in the future).
The interior has a minimalist, roomy appearance that’s appropriate for a
fully-autonomous car. Without a steering wheel or pedals, the center dash is
left with only a wide 24" screen that sits inside a gold frame. It’s
futuristic and carries a cool, blue-heavy color scheme. (For a car that
Smart says will have “unprecedented” individualization, I’m wondering if
things could be brightened up in the interior.)
The lounge seat looks like something out of a modern office, or maybe IKEA.
Smart says it allows for two passengers, and if, say, both occupants are
trying to catch a pooled ride around town, there’s a retractable armrest to
create some sort of barrier on the seat.
It’s still a concept, but it’s sensible for Smart. If fully-autonomous cars
are going to be on the road by next decade for ride-hailing purposes, a
compact Smart vehicle seems like an obvious suitor.
smart vision EQ fortwo is an autonomous electric concept for 'the future of
it can be summoned using your smart phone or mobile device
the EQ fortwo contains a recharable lithium-ion battery has a capacity of
the doors have a wing-like pivot over the rear axle, reducing likely
collisions with passing cyclists and pedestrians
by making steering wheels and pedals obsolete, the interior can become more
the smart vision EQ fortwo is highly flexible, efficient form of
transportation that provides a new perspective on individualized, urban
mobility and local public transport. the fully-autonomous, electric vehicle
dispenses with the traditional steering wheel and pedals. this EQ fortwo
concept is glimpse into the possible future of car sharing as it’s able to
pick up its passengers from a desired location and transport them to their
destination — freed from the task of traditional driving.
the smart vision EQ fortwo is a highly flexible, efficient form of
the smart vision EQ fortwo is summoned using a mobile device and exterior
surface displays make it easy for one to recognize their individualized car.
this particular concept car has a particularly interesting ‘black panel
grille’ at its front and side projection surfaces, that aid in communication
between car and passenger. it serves to both add a personal touch, and to
communicate with other road users (e.g. information for pedestrians crossing
the road). the doors of the concept car are coated with a film that can be
activated as required. if the car is unoccupied, information about local
events, the weather, news or the time can be displayed.
it provides a new perspective on individualized, urban mobility and local
the concept embodies the future of urban, automotive luxury and convenience.
the recharable lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 30kWh. when not in use,
the EQ fortwo can find its own way to a charging station. in an alternative
effort to more effectively use energy, this concept car demonstrates
essential elements that make it a viable option for the car2go system. smart
works to transform ‘urban traffic’ into ‘city flow’ in the future. EQ fortwo
not only benefits the individual users, but also the public at large,
cities, and municipal authorities — target groups for future car sharing
concepts from smart.
the fully-autonomous, electric vehicle dispenses with the traditional
steering wheel and pedals
smart’s vision seeks to not only minimize the overall mass of the vehicle,
but also maximize the interior space for passenger comfort, embracing the
minimalist design of many of the brand’s vehicles. to save additional space,
the doors have a wing-like pivot over the rear axle — also reducing likely
collisions with passing cyclists and pedestrians. by making steering wheels
and pedals obsolete, the interior can become more spacious. the dashboard in
the smart vision EQ fortwo is replaced by a 24 inch screen. the interior
also prioritizes intelligent stowage, providing easily accessible storage
options for easy accessibility and tightening straps for larger belongings.
the EQ fortwo concept is a glimpse into the possible future of car sharing
smart is presenting a concept vehicle from the EQ brand at the 2017
frankfurt motor show as part of mercedes-benz commitment to releasing ten
new electric cars into production before 2022.
it’s able to pick up its passengers from a desired location and transport
them to their destination
the ‘black panel grille’ and side projection surfaces aid in communication
between car and passenger
if the car is unoccupied, information about local events, the weather, news
the concept car embodies the future of urban, automotive luxury and
the EQ fortwo can find its own way to a charging station ...
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