The smart forstars, set to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show 2012, comes with an electric drive for zero-emissions motoring. It also features a projector built into the hood (or front bonnet, as the Brits say) so drivers can use any blank wall as their very own drive-in movie screen.
That makes the vehicle a “communication concept” as much as a mobility concept, according to Daimler.
As befits its name, the smart forstars features lots of smartphone-enabled controls, from the media player and sound system to the interior temperature setting. In fact, the car has a smartphone actually built in; it’s located at the top of the windscreen where the rear-view mirror would typically be. Coupled with a video camera, the smartphone lets drivers see what’s going on on the road behind them.
So why “forstars”? The name, Daimler notes, is a “tongue-in-cheek reference to the glass roof above the passengers that gives a clear view of the starry sky.”