FU­TURE VAN

Car (South Africa) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

As part of the Mercedes-benz ad­vance ini­tia­tive, the Vi­son Van con­cept study has been specif­i­cally de­signed to de­liver items bought by on­line shop­pers. It is pow­ered by a 75 kw elec­tric mo­tor, has an op­er­at­ing range of up to 270 km and is fully con­nected, with the in­for­ma­tion about its con­tents and lo­ca­tion avail­able to the de­liv­ery busi­ness’ com­mand cen­tre at all times. The Vi­son Van’s real party trick, how­ever, is the two drones on top of the roof that can de­liver pack­ages straight to res­i­dences with­out the own­ers be­ing home.

“Equipped with an elec­tric-drive sys­tem, the Vi­sion Van not only op­er­ates lo­cally emis­sion­free, but it also moves al­most silently. This means that it can be op­er­ated in ci­ties even dur­ing times when there are traf­fic re­stric­tions, or for late-night de­liv­er­ies in res­i­den­tial ar­eas,” said Volker Morn­hin­weg, head of Mercedes-benz Vans.

The abil­ity to load in one go with a pre-packed pal­let of parcels is an­other of the con­cept’s in­no­va­tions, with parcels packed in the cor­rect or­der for de­liv­ery and the van “know­ing” the lo­ca­tion of each ar­ti­cle when loaded.

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