The impending invasion of autonomous vehicles threatens to demote you from the pilot of a machine synonymous with independence khổng lồ mere cargo in a commodity pod devoid of all spirit. Whatever the truth of this potential nightmare, Mercedes-Benz has pinched itself inkhổng lồ waking reality with the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet.

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The swooping concept oto, unveiled last weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, rejects all notions of practicality. It measures nearly 18.7 feet long and 6.9 feet wide, yet offers just two seats. The wheels stvà 24 inches tall. Although the 6 Cabriolet runs on battery power (its solitary nod to lớn the future) & therefore lacks an engine, the hood makes up about half the car’s length.

The vestigial radiator grille was inspired by a pinstripe suit—something else Silinhỏ Valley is doing its best khổng lồ kill. The rear over brings lớn mind a yacht, a theme apparently chosen to lớn keep anyone from thinking the oto draws ideas from something useful, like a container ship.


Mercedes-BenzNaturally, the interior offers a melee of leather, chrome, open-pore wood, & aluminum. Mercedes’s Rumpelstiltskin department even weaved rose gold inlớn the fabric top. When you aren't gazing out over roughly four acres of hood from the driver's seat, you can monitor the car's vital functions with a glance of what Mercedes calls “hyperanalogue” instruments—digital displays with real needles sweeping over them.

Each wheel gets its own electric motor that draws power from the battery that comprises the car’s underbody toàn thân. All told, they generate 750 horsepower, and the oto will go 200 miles between charges. Well, it might if the oto actually existed. This is a concept.

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Mercedes-BenzMercedes won't actually build the 6 Cabriolet, or anything that looks lượt thích it. No, this is simply a showcase of design ideas, a glimpse of what the company's engineers could do if freed from constraints lượt thích budgets, practicality, & physics. Be that as it may, you have lớn like the underlying message here: The pods are coming, but that doesn't mean we have sầu to lớn give up opulence.


Alex Davies is a senior editor at Insider và the former editor of’s transportation section, where he specialized in covering autonomous và electric vehicles. He is also the author of Driven, a book chronicling the origin of & race lớn create the self-driving oto.
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