MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES A COMPLETELY NEW MOBILITY CONCEPT
In Copenhagen Mercedes-Benz Vans presented its Vision Urbanetic, a new mobility concept based on autonomous vehicles. Vision Urbanetic consists of an electric autonomous chassis which accommodates different interchangeable modules and eliminates the separation between people moving and goods transport. Mercedes-Benz is convinced that this new concept reduces traffic flows, relieves inner-city infrastructures and contributes to an improved quality of urban life.
The visionary concept is based on a self-driving, electrically powered chassis that can take different switchable bodies for people moving or goods transport – swap bodies. As a ride-sharing vehicle, Vision Urbanetic can accommodate up to twelve passengers, while the cargo module can carry up to ten EPAL pallets. A load space 3.70 metres long with a volume of 10 m3 fits into a total vehicle length of 5.14 metres. The 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.
Mercedes-Benz Vans is pursuing an ambitious target to transport more people and goods with fewer vehicles on a virtually unchanged road infrastructure in order to relieve inner cities and fulfil continually growing mobility requirements and customer desires. Vision Urbanetic's electric drive is zero-local-emissions and virtually noiseless electric. The vehicle uses multiple cameras and sensor systems to observe its surroundings in their entirety and communicates actively with them. It uses the large-format display on the front of the vehicle to inform pedestrians crossing the street in front of it that it has noticed them. And when you pass by several hundred light units display in different colours the contour along the flanks, signalling to you that the Vision Urbanetic has noticed you.