With Vision URBANETIC Mercedes-Benz Vans presents a revolutionary mobility concept that goes way beyond existing ideas on autonomous vehicles.
Vision URBANETIC eliminates the separation between people moving and goods transport. It enables on-demand, sustainable and efficient movement of people and goods – and applies an innovate approach to fulfil the needs of cities, businesses from diverse sectors as well as city dwellers and travelers. The concept reduces traffic flows, relieves inner-city infrastructures and contributes to an improved quality of urban life.
Autonomous driving platform with switchable bodies
The visionary concept is based on a self-driving, electrically powered chassis that can take different switchable bodies depending on the intended use.
As a ride-sharing vehicle with a people-mover body, Vision URBANETIC offers space for up to twelve passengers. The cargo module serves as a classic goods transporter. Thanks to its variable load floor, it can be divided into two levels and transport up to ten EPAL palettes.
With a total vehicle length of 5.14 m and a load space length of 3.70 m, Mercedes-Benz Vans has succeeded in maxing maximum use of the available space.
Zero local emissions and virtually noiseless mobility
The battery-electric drive of Vision URBANETIC delivers zero-local-emissions mobility, thus making it the perfect vehicle for city centers and areas subject to legal access restrictions.
The electric drive and autonomous driving open up additional options for late or night delivery and it becomes possible to drive into urban areas without noise pollution and CO₂ emissions.
Maximum economy, efficiency and flexibility for cities, mobility providers and users
Vision URBANETIC is a completely new mobility concept configured specifically for actual needs as well as efficiency and sustainability. During the rush-hour traffic of early morning and late afternoon, the fleet can be equipped with more people-mover modules. During other times, the system would mainly be used for goods transport with the cargo module.
Self-learning IT infrastructure
With Vision URBANETIC Mercedes-Benz Vans developed a mobility concept that embedded within an intelligent, self-learning IT infrastructure.
The system architecture of the autonomous Vision URBANETIC ensures continual route adaption using real-time traffic information. The operator’s fleet management is also part of the IT system.
The result is a self-driving fleet, with routes planned flexibly and efficiently on the basis of current transportation needs.
Using an app, customers whether private individuals or companies, can easily and intuitively register their transport and moving needs.
Vision URBANETIC – a completely new mobility concept for on-demand, efficient, comfortable and sustainable mobility
Vision URBANETIC eliminates the separation between people moving and goods transport and enables on-demand, sustainable and efficient movement of people and goods.
With the autonomously driving chassis and its different interchangeable bodies, Mercedes-Benz Vans addresses different target groups and enables unprecedented flexibility, efficiency and maximum economy.
The aim of the concept is to transport more people and goods with fewer vehicles on almost unchanged road infrastructure in order to relieve city centers and at the same time meet continuously growing mobility requirements and customer wishes.
One of the ways in which this is achieved is that Vision URBANETIC bundles requirements and resources are much better used.
With Vision URBANETIC, Mercedes-Benz Vans not only creates a holistic solution for customers, but also an improved quality of live in city centers – through lower CO₂ emissions, less noise pollution and more space.