With adVANce, Mercedes-Benz Vans launches a strategic future initiative that focuses on three fields of innovation: connectivity and IoT applications, which enable an ideal integration of a wide range of technologies into the vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Vans (digital@vans), innovative hardware solutions for the transport industry (solutions@vans) as well as new, on-demand mobility concepts for the transport of goods and passengers (mobility@vans).
The objective of the various activities undertaken in the three fields is to identify innovative solutions for today's and tomorrow's requirements together with customers and users, to develop them quickly to market readiness and to create unprecedented added value for customers in the areas of efficiency, speed and sustainability. The spectrum in this regard is very broad.
The field digital@vans focuses on integrating state-of-the-art technologies into vans. Among other things, Mercedes-Benz Vans is working on intelligent parts management systems for mobile service and service contractor vehicles. These include automated reordering processes as well as deliveries straight from and to the van.
In the field solutions@vans, Mercedes-Benz Vans is working on developments such as automated cargo space systems for delivery vehicles, which, among other things, significantly speed up loading and unloading processes, and enhance their efficiency.
In the field mobility@vans, Mercedes-Benz Vans together with various cooperation partners focuses on intelligent mobility concepts for goods and passengers. The latter supplement public transit and make a fast, efficient and individual transport of passengers during peak and off-peak hours possible. In the transport of goods, the intelligent networking of technologies creates opportunities to enhance efficiencies and considerably improve transport on the last mile. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Vans is working on innovative leasing and rental models.
The universe of our customers is changing dramatically and rapidly. We are getting ready for this early and comprehensively. We are expanding our business division strategy to go beyond the product, we are adapting our organisation and cooperation models, and we invest in our innovative power.
Opening up through adVANce: new forms of cooperation with start-ups
The adVANce strategy also includes opening up and working with up and coming start-ups. The objective of working with young companies is to enter into long-term cooperative agreements and systematically develop ideas in the three adVANce fields of innovation.
"We embark on this road with full conviction. With adVANce, we clearly demonstrate that we are not satisfied with what we have today", explains Volker Mornhinweg. "Pioneering spirit and resolve have always driven us, and they will continue to do so. We are able to combine our strengths and the knowledge we have acquired over the course of decades with new perspectives, work methods and ideas. We have found an integrated approach that keeps pace with the changing requirements – and will even be a step ahead of them."