German carmaker Smart has revealed the EQ ForTwo Concept ahead of its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The EQ ForTwo Concept looks at the future of Smart (owned by Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) and car sharing in 2030. The new Smart EQ concept is fully autonomous and is driven by electric motors.
In terms of size, the Smart EQ ForTwo Concept is the same length as Smart's current ForTwo production car at 2.69-metres. However, it differs from the current car in terms of design and technology.
Regarding design, the front grille has made for a 44-inch display. The grille replacing display shows off welcome messages for the occupants of the car before they enter and passes messages to pedestrians when the EQ ForTwo is on the move.
The transparent doors swivel on the rear axle for easier access to the inside of the concept. The wheels and the rear diffuser feature rose gold coloured 3D elements which allude to the car's electric drivetrain.
Inside, the EQ's dashboard has been replaced by a 24-inch display which is surrounded by a rose gold coloured frame. The display can be used for navigation as well as for viewing videos and images. Flanking the large display are two secondary 4-inch displays which can be used to display messages.
The bench seat of the Smart EQ ForTwo Concept is draped in synthetic white leather and sports a retractable armrest. The Smart EQ ForTwo Concept also features extra under-seat as well as floor storage. The EQ ForTwo Concept does not sport either a steering wheel or pedals as it sports Level 5 autonomy which requires no human assistance.
The Smart EQ ForTwo Concept is powered by a 30kWh battery pack and when the car is not in use it independently makes its way to a charging station to either charge up or disperse energy back into the grid.
The Smart EQ ForTwo Concept is a look at an autonomous, electric future of the automotive industry where no one will own cars but instead share them using ride hailing or car sharing services which is frankly not something we're not looking forward to.