For the past 12 to 18 months there's been a significant surge in the chatter regarding autonomous vehicles.

For some this is a very exciting development that's been essentially a dream come true. This is like the Jetsons, but real. For others, this is one of the most depressing developments to come from the automotive world. Enthusiasts like to drive. Hell, for me it's like therapy.

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That said, we wanted to show you just exactly what Mercedes-Benz has in mind with clips it shared with the launch of the all-new F 015 concept vehicle. Maybe this will paint a clearer picture for you just what's in store for the future of automobiles.

Take a look below and let us know: are you EXCITED or DEPRESSED at what may very well be in our near-term automotive future?

With the autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle, Mercedes-Benz provides technically feasible and social desirable solutions to the challenges of mobility. Therefore, an interdisciplinary team of experts from Mercedes-Benz has defied a future scenario that incorporates many different aspects of day-to-day mobility. This scenario perceives the motor car as a private retreat that additionally offers an important added value for society at large.

The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle is offering a vision of autonomous driving in the future. The luxury saloon with total connectivity gives a preview of how the self-driving car of the future could become a platform for communication and interaction.

**The 2015 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) photo galleries are sponsored by Lexus.

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#CES: VIDEO! If THIS Is The Future Of Automobiles, Are You EXCITED or DEPRESSED?

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