There is a high possibility that fully Autonomous Cars will become mainstream in the next decade. This will change the way society perceive cars, how they are used and how they are designed. The first places where will see these cars are our highways. These highways will have to be designed for the autonomous future. This project started with a question: What will these future highways and the Autonomous Cars driving on them look like? The final result is a Mercedes for 2035 that shows a new way of high speed transport on the highways of the future which is faster, safer and more convenient.
Inspiration and Method
The design process started with looking into the history of Mercedes, the future of highway infrastructure, aerodynamics and level 5 Autonomy. The C111 diesel record cars by Mercedes was a big inspiration for the project. The research was followed by loops of Sketching ideations and digital renderings. The package was tested in VR to better understand the ergonomics and the proportions of the vehicle. The final proposal was then taken to Autodesk Alias and further resolved in 3D.
The final result is a Mercedes for 2035 that shows a new way of high speed transport on the highways of the future which is faster, safer and more convenient. It is a 4 seater fully autonomous, electric vehicle capable to charge on the go. The vehicle is long and narrow and has a low drag silhouette. The design also employs aero aids such as venturi tunnels under the body and wheel shrouds for maximum efficiency on high speeds. The vehicle will be used to travel on the TEN-T highway network, currently being planned by the EU, which connects all the major cities in Europe.