Mercedes Benz URBANETIC brings the future to transportation

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Mercedes Benz URBANETIC brings the future to transportation

The URBANETIC concept allows for switchable bodies depending on the intended use: cargo van (left), “people mover” (middle), and self-driving base (right).

The URBANETIC concept allows for switchable bodies depending on the intended use: cargo van (left), “people mover” (middle), and self-driving base (right).

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The URBANETIC concept allows for switchable bodies depending on the intended use: cargo van (left), “people mover” (middle), and self-driving base (right).

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Mercedes-Benz

The URBANETIC concept allows for switchable bodies depending on the intended use: cargo van (left), “people mover” (middle), and self-driving base (right).

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On Sep. 8 Mercedes Benz announced a new concept car to revolutionize traveling. The Vision URBANETIC will not only serve as a self-driving car, seating up to 12 people, but also as a cargo transport van.

Mercedes’ goal with this concept is to reduce traffic flow, gas emissions, and relieve inner-city infrastructures. While this seems like a lot to control, the URBANETIC sounds like it will have no problems.

With an autonomous driving base, the top body of the car can be switched to either a cargo van or a luxurious car lounge. In the early morning and late afternoon rush hours, the vehicle can transport people to and from work. This will significantly reduce rush hour traffic and gas emissions.

The URBANETIC has battery-electric drive and zero-local-emissions mobility. This makes it a perfect car for inner cities and urban areas. It can monitor traffic reports and local events, such as sports games or concerts, to send out a fleet of cars to that specific area to pick up people.

While Mercedes says the URBANETIC is just a study for autonomous driving production and they don’t plan to bring them to market, in the future, these cars could revolutionize transportation forever.