A look into the future of mobility with the Vision URBANETIC.

The Vision URBANETIC is driving over a bridge

The Vision URBANETIC is a shapeshifter: The mobility concept of the future combines revolutionary design with intelligence and sustainability.

The Vision URBANETIC brings passenger and freight traffic together.

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 two switchable bodies of the URBANETIC and the skateboard chassis

Modules for the movement of people and goods are mounted on the autonomous skateboard chassis.

Autonomous driving in the big cities 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.

  • Two Vision URBANETIC people-movers are driving along a road
  • The cargo module of the Vision URBANETIC
  • Two individuals standing next to the Vision URBANETIC whose LED display lights up in the front area
  • A shuttle stop of the future in front of a glass building and the people-mover URBANETIC

Economical and resource-saving: goods transport in its most versatile version.

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 URBANETIC offers a solution to the problems at hand.

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.

Four Vision URBANETICs with cargo in a warehouse

The cargo module of the URBANETIC offers ten cubic metres of cargo space for freight goods.

Animation of the interior: the Vision URBANETIC and its people-mover module

View of the interior: Approaching objects are projected onto the cabin wall in animated form.

The skateboard chassis of the Vision URBANETIC in animated form

The chassis of the URBANETIC is called skateboard chassis.

Photos: Daimler

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