This straight-from-the-future, fully autonomous vehicle is solely focused on shared urban mobility and user customization.
The car follows the Mercedes-Benz CASE corporate strategy; which brings together 4 cores.
Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric.
CASE provides the skeleton for much of Mercedes’ upcoming products. Earlier, Smart had announced its all-electric plans for the American market.
The Vision EQ ForTwo is a next step towards meeting that strategy.
Smart sees the Vision EQ Fortwo as part of its Car2go car sharing service. Diamler claims that someone requests a new car from Car2go every 1.4 seconds. The autonomous technology will use swarm logic to determine when and where a car is likely to be needed before it’s requested. That means shorter wait time after calling a ride.
The Vision EQ Fortwo will use two lithium-ion battery packs with a total capacity of 30 kWh. The car can charge either with a plug or with inductive charging.
When not in use, this La-z-Boy on wheels will autonomously find a charging spot. The swarm intelligence networks with other cars and will charge cars at certain times in order to minimize the pull on the power grid.
The interior and exterior design feature a number of user adjustable elements, but the overall shape is very similar to the current Smart Fortwo. It’s a short, upright two-seater focused on maximizing space in a small footprint.
The doors are clear and pivot back and up over the rear wheels. (Reverse scissor doors?) It’s meant to save space and prevent situations such as opening a door into the path of a cyclist.
Rose gold accents on the bumpers and the wheels, while white body panels are contrasted with dark tinted windows and displays to complete the futuristic look.
It is a small car and all available storage space is on the floor and under the bench seat and luggage can be held down with straps.
These cars will be requested using a mobile app. The large panel in the vehicle’s front fascia displays a number of things, including whether the car is on its way to pick up a passenger or if there’s an empty seat available.
The two-seat configuration seems limiting, but Smart says it could select extra passengers based on user profiles and final destinations, potentially pairing passengers with similar interests.
Now is there anything that these smart dudes haven’t factored into their vision of the car’s future? Don’t even mention the F word once riding one of these mate, cause you never know.
Watch this incredible vision unfurl in this video;
‘The Smart Vision EQ For Two is our vision of future urban mobility,’ says smart CEO Annette Winkler. ‘An uncompromising city car.’
What we really think?
To turn reality into that video above is a tall order for Smart, as so much of this is dependent on infrastructure being in place – and our struggling city corporations having the money to implement so much. The darn roads and drainage systems need overhauling first.
Nevertheless, the company’s optimistic futurologists see this as possible, with enough future planning. Just like achhe din. Sigh.