In its visual features, the mobility concept “Vision URBANETIC” is highly reminiscent of a mobility device from a science fiction movie. Both the aesthetics and the mobility concept can be described as revolutionary: The streamlined body of the vehicle can be switched depending on the intended use. With this flexible concept, the Vision URBANETIC eliminates the separation between the transportation of people and goods. The electrically driven chassis – the skateboard chassis – supplies the basis for switching between the cargo module for goods and the people-mover module for passenger trips. Depending on the respective requirements, the desired module will be mounted on the self-driving chassis. With its needs-based functionality, the vehicle is a perfect match for the resource-saving city of the future.
The skateboard chassis accommodates the driving functions as well as state-of-the-art technologies, such as the LED displays at the front and rear of the vehicle. The displays communicate with the outside world and take over the function of indicators and brake lights. If the vehicle is driving autonomously, extended sensors serve the purpose of route recognition. Autonomous driving results in both lower operating costs and increased flexibility. The IT infrastructure is capable of carrying out real-time analyses and planning flexible routes. Apart from charging times and maintenance shutdowns, the vehicle can be used around the clock. The big cities of the future offer their residents unprecedented mobility, and companies are able to solve a pressing problem: On those routes where the use of a driver would not be economically viable, the chassis now takes passengers and goods safely to their destination.
In addition to the economic advantages of driverless driving, dispensing with the driver’s seat makes additional storage space available, as well as space for interior design solutions. If you attach the cargo module to the chassis, the URBANETIC can be used as a classic goods transporter. Technological refinements increase the efficiency of delivery trips: The intelligent chassis is able to flexibly adapt routes to customers’ wishes. The loading floor inside the module is designed for flexible use and with its ten cubic metres of storage space offers space for up to ten EPAL pallets. Out of the total vehicle length of 5.14 metres, 3.70 metres can be used as storage space. Depending on the industry, individual upgrading is possible in order to allow optimum use of the functionality and intelligence of the URBANETIC in each area of application.
The Vision URBANETIC has been designed to tackle today’s urgent urban problems: growing mobility requirements, challenging customer demands and serious environmental problems. The vehicle can move in an almost unchanged road network and infrastructure, but is still able to transport more people and goods than today’s modules. This leads to a relief of urban congestion as well as a considerable reduction in the emission of harmful substances and noise. A more efficient way of moving around is made possible by the sophisticated place concept: the people-mover module, for example, offers space for up to twelve passengers.