Mercedes-Benz Vans has introduced Vision Urbanetic, a visionary concept that features a self-driving, electrically powered chassis being able to take bodies depending on the intended use. It could be vehicle for carry cargo or passengers.
Mercedes-Benz envisions the concept to eliminate the separation between transporting people and goods. This means less vehicles on the road, ultimately reducing traffic congestion, relieving inner-city infrastructure and improving quality of urban life.
Vision Urbanetic is 5140 mm long and has a load space length of 3700 mm. As a goods transporter, it can be divided into two levels and carry up to ten EPAL pallets, and as a ride-sharing vehicle it can take up 12 passengers. The modules are switched either automatically or manually, and the process only takes a few minutes. Supported by an intelligent, self-learning IT infrastructure, the supply and demand of vehicles are captured in real time and for optimum allocation. For example, the overall system would be able to identify a crowd in a spot and send more vehicles there quickly to meet the high demand.