If you create wheeled unmanned vehicles for the city, then immediately a universal fleet of hundreds of interchangeable vehicles, the engineers of the German auto giant believe. The electric car of the future must integrate into traffic right on the go, receive and transmit signals, build its path and the nature of the movement, taking into account the requests of other vehicles. Otherwise, we will get analogs of modern traffic jams, but only with the participation of "hi-tech" cars.
Like other automakers, Mercedes-Benz sees its creation as a universal platform with dozens of removable modules, from passenger to highly specialized. They run around the city 24 hours a day, constantly changing functions as new tasks arrive. The main difference between Vision Urbanetic and similar SURUS concepts from General Motors or e-Palette from Toyota is the presence of a self-service system, which is integrated into the city's infrastructure by default.
Vision Urbanetic, in principle, is not intended 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, optionally police and ambulances. The platforms are guided not so much by road signs as by signals from the city navigation service. And if you see an empty platform racing, it means that work has arisen for it in the indicated area.
In the version for carrying passengers, the 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 that signal to pedestrians that the drone sees them and reacts to movements. Also, additional security systems are installed here, both for passengers and for people outside. Mercedes-Benz says its self-driving system has the lowest emissions and noise levels, including traffic jams.