In 2015, the pactris app emerged as the winning idea from Daimler’s “DigitalLife Day,” an employee ideas competition. One year later, it was available in the app stores – initially for the smart compact car. Following successful pilot runs, pactris is now available as a new service for Mercedes-Benz drivers. The innovative app is now also available for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The idea was to use virtual loading to help pactris make optimal use of space in the trunk.
This situation is probably familiar to everyone: After a successful shopping spree, you are standing in front of your car, frantically wondering how everything is going to fit into the trunk. That’s what Sebastian Thiemt, the creator of pactris, did. “There are countless apps – why not provide a service for simple everyday problems with a huge annoyance factor,” he thought. No sooner said than done: A sophisticated algorithm tells users as they shop if and how everything will fit into the trunk of their V-Class. Just scan the barcodes of the items – for example, in a furniture store. The app shows how the packages fit into the V-Class. More than five million barcodes are already stored in the system.
“The V-Class’s versatility is a great challenge because the cargo area can be designed almost infinitely by moving or removing the bench seats,” explains Sebastian Thiemt. pactris solves all loading problems by using a specially developed artificial intelligence system. The developers are particularly satisfied with the AR feature of the app: “We are proud that we have been able to achieve excellent usability so quickly with this new technology. Some people even use it just to measure things.” The versions for other Mercedes-Benz models will follow in the future.