The Mercedes-Benz F200 concept which debuted at the 1996
Paris Motor Show was an extremely advanced concept which
showcased a number of cutting edge technologies which
were being explored at the time.
The most unusual feature of the Mercedes-Benz F200 concept
was the unusual drive-by-wire system which used joysticks
instead of a steering wheel and pedals for directional,
throttle and braking control. This strange solution offered
several benefits. First of all it was considered safer
in the event of an accident because there were was no
steering wheel to smash into, or pedals which could be
pushed into the footwells if the car had a front-on collision.
Secondly the seating position was more relaxed and comfortable
due to the ergonomic placement of the joysticks. And thirdly
the driving could be done from either front seat. Control
could be passed to either the left or right seat simply
by flicking a switch. You could even do it on the move!
The Mercedes F200 concept also featured rear view cameras
instead of a mirror, and a glass roof which could be lightened
or darkened depending on exterior conditions.
Stylewise the F200 concept was nothing too shocking -
although the dramatic door mechanism drew some attention.
Part of the job of the concept was to preview the styling
of the next-generation S-Class which came out a year later.
Despite the facto the S-Class is a sedan and the F200
was a coupe, both cars shared similar design details,
headlights, grille and simple, uncluttered lines.
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