Mercedes-Benz Vans has unveiled a new concept that it believes could provide a future for urban mobility and transportation.
Displayed at the IAA at Hannover, the Vision Urbanetic autonomous, electrically-powered vehicle aims to fulfil both people-carrying and goods haulage requirements, though at different times. It uses a single, powered chassis, but with two very individual demountable bodies.
The cargo module offers a 10m3 load volume with a load length of 3.7m.This two-tiered load space is capable of carrying up to 10 Euro pallets, in a total vehicle length of 5.14m. The cargo pod can be dropped off, to be reloaded for the next delivery shift, or to provide a parcel collection point. It can also be exchanged for a people-carrying module, providing comfortable seating and standing room for up to 12.
The manufacturer said the concept could bring significant reductions in operating costs due to the fully automated driverless operation. The absence of a driver’s cab also frees up space for additional passengers or a higher goods volume.