Mercedes-Benz has developed a universal unmanned platform for the future

<pre>Mercedes-Benz has developed a universal unmanned platform for the future

If you create wheeled unmanned vehicles for the city, then immediately a universal fleet of hundreds of interchangeable machines, believe the engineers of the German auto giant. The electric vehicle of the future should be integrated directly into traffic, receive and transmit signals, build its own way and the nature of traffic, taking into account the requests of other vehicles. Otherwise, we will get analogues of modern traffic jams, but only with the participation of “hi-tech” machines.

Like other automakers, Mercedes-Benz sees its offspring as a universal platform with dozens of detachable modules, from passenger to highly specialized ones. They ply around the city 24 hours a day, constantly changing functions as new tasks are received. The main difference between Vision Urbanetic from similar concepts of SURUS from General Motors or e-Palette from Toyota is the availability of a self-service system, which by default is integrated into the city's infrastructure.


Vision Urbanetic in principle are not designed for work as a personal transport, except in taxi mode. This is a new type of urban public transport that will replace all municipal vehicles, all types of trucks, all utility vehicles, optional – police and ambulance. Platforms are guided not so much by road signs, as by signals of the city navigation service. And if you see a racing empty platform, then in this area for her work arose.

In the passenger version Vision Urbanetic looks like a 12-seater cabin without a driver, but with an information panel about the current status of the trip. Outside, the module is covered with dynamic light panels, which signal to pedestrians that the drone sees them and reacts to movements. Also here, additional security systems are mounted, both for passengers and for people outside. In Mercedes-Benz they say that their unmanned system has the lowest level of emission and noise, including the time of standing in a traffic jam.

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