Mercedes has teamed up with several college professors to create a vision of a future Utopia.
Mercedes has teamed up with several college professors to create a vision of a future utopia.
Designed to spot social trends at an early stage, the Utopia project embraces "authenticity, genuineness and uniqueness." In the end, Holger Hutzenlaub - the head of Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Germany and smart Design - created four scenarios for future mobility including "Giving Back to the City, Double Purpose, Mobile Revolution and Carchitecture."
First up, the Giving Back to the City concept adopts a philanthropic approach to give people a more positive perception of cars. As part of this idea, the car's sensors pick up information and distribute it to the community. For example, Mercedes says a parked car "could signal to children that a road is safe to cross."
On the other hand, the Double Purpose concept envisions cars as a revenue stream. Owners could drive their car to work and then make it available as an autonomously driven taxi.
Mercedes also envisions a "Mobile Revolution" that has a city's roads divided up into different rings with their own unique speed. The concept sounds kind of odd, but it would incorporate "innovative transport systems" that would enable goods to be moved underground.
Last but not least, Carchitecture imagines blending cars with architecture. Under this idea, your home and car would have a symbiotic relationship as the car could provide power to the house.
Check out the press release for additional information