Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a super cool urban mobility concept called Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC. Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC is essentially a platform described as a “completely new mobility concept for on-demand, efficient, comfortable and sustainable mobility.” So yeah, it is bus/van, alright and it, being a ride of the future, is electric drive and it is also autonomous. A mobile app will allow passengers of the future to book a ride on this fit for Minority Report mass transportation. Though it can’t climb wall and drop you straight at your apartment, yet.
The highlight this very bold concept is the self-driving platform, which can be fitted as required with either a cargo module for transportation of goods, or ferry people with a people-mover module. Mercedes-Benz said that it is a “mobility concept embedded within an intelligent, self-learning IT infrastructure for the continual analysis of transportation needs.” This basically means such vehicle will be utilized based on the real time supply and demand, thereby achieving economy, efficiency and flexibility. In other words, there will no fix routes. It is a bold vision because, the hardware is not limited to the vehicle, but also the infrastructure that is necessary to make the entire system works like a clockwork. Here’s an overview of what to expect from this rather sci-fi concept:
“Thanks to full networking, the evaluation of local information – such as concerts and events – and intelligent control, the system not only analyses current needs, it can also learn from them. It is thus able to anticipate and react to future needs. This can optimize processes and help shorten waiting and delivery times and avoid traffic jams. For instance, the overall system can use the data captured by the vehicle control centre – which collates and analyses needs – to identify a crowd of people gathering in a certain area. It can send vehicles there to quickly and efficiently satisfy the increased demand. The system can thus react flexibly and is not based on rigid routes or fixed timetables.”
Interesting, eh? As much as we love to believe this will materialized, we won’t hold our breath either for it to realize in my our lifetime. But hey, a dream is a dream. Everyone do have the right to imagine. Hell, mankind has been dreaming since the beginning of civilization, haven’t we?
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