Mercedes-Benz Vans releases revolutionary Vision URBANETIC

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 11, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Vans has unveiled the Vision URBANETIC, a battery-electric, autonomous van that Mercedes envisage moving more people and goods around with fewer vehicles on a virtually unchanged roads infrastructure.

The concept is based on a self-driving, electrically powered chassis that can take different switchable bodies for people moving or goods transport. As a ride-sharing vehicle, Vision URBANETIC can accommodate up to 12 passengers, while the cargo module can carry up to 10 EPAL pallets. The load space has a volume of 10 m3 on a total vehicle length of 5.14 metres.

Alternatively, the vehicle can be fitted with fully automated cargo-space systems and used as a mobile package station for last-mile deliveries. Multiple further use cases are also conceivable as the concept can be equipped with a wide array of bodies for other sectors and applications.

The modules are switched either automatically or manually, with the automated process taking just a few minutes. The autonomous driving platform the respective bodies are fixed onto incorporates all the driving functions, meaning the autonomous chassis can also make its way to its next job location without a body attached.

The Vision URBANETIC concept incorporates an IT infrastructure that analyses in real time the supply and demand within a defined area. The result is a self-driving fleet, with routes planned flexibly and efficiently on the basis of current transportation needs.

Vision URBANETIC‘s electric drive delivers zero-local-emissions mobility, making it the perfect vehicle for city centres and areas subject to legal access restrictions. The virtually noiseless electric drive also presents new options for late or night deliveries.