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September 20, 2017 AT 12:00 pm

Five of the most innovative self-driving and electric car designs revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show

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Via DeZeen

The Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 kicked off in Germany yesterday. Here’s a look at five of the most impressive car designs on show, including a car-share for the future and a vehicle envisioned as an extra living room.

The International Motor Show Germany takes place in Frankfurt every other year and is one of the biggest events in the automotive design calendar, where brands including BMW, Audi and Renault launch new concept designs and production vehicles.

With the recent news that Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW will all be releasing all-electric car ranges in the next eight years, the focus of this year’s event is on electrification – most companies showcased solely battery-powered or hybrid vehicles. Autonomous cars were also out in force.

Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 takes place at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition centre. It is open to the public from 16 to 24 September 2017.

Here’s our pick of the top five designs:

Renault Symbioz

Renault has revealed an autonomous, electric concept car that it sees as an extension of the home – the company describes the vehicle as “an extra mobile, modular and multi-purpose room”.

The car’s exterior is designed to resemble the architecture of the contemporary home, with a steel frame, expansive windows and wooden joinery details. The vehicle also connects to the home wirelessly, just like many of today’s domestic appliances.

Inside, the living-room-inspired interior – finished in copper, marble, fabric and porcelain – includes four seats that can pivot to face each other. The design also includes a platform that allows the car to be lifted up onto a roof terrace.

“The aim is to travel in a bright, fengshui space that is much like a large living room in a house, with wide glazed contours,” said Renault.

See the full list!

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