Daimler recently unveiled a vehicle for the future transport industry, called Vision Van. At the same time, details about adVANce, the company's new strategic future initiative, were made public.

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The adVANce inititative sees transport industry systematically embracing its customers' changing requirements, which are the result of various economic and social trends, among them urbanisation, the growth in e-commerce, the intelligent networking of a wide range of technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT), and the proliferation of platform-based business models.

Responding to new technolgoies is also Mercedes-Benz Vans, taking advantage of present-day and future technological opportunities, prompted by digitalisation, automation and robotics. Accordingly, the company's business division is developing from a mere vehicle manufacturer into a provider of system solutions.

Their efforts have been joined into the Vision Van study, an all-electric delivery vehicle, which brings together various innvoative solutions for the last-mile, same-day delivery of goods in urban and suburban areas. Supposedly, urban areas will be home to more than two thirds of the world's population by 2030, rising transportation requirements.

It is the first van in the world to fully digitally connect all people and processes involved, from the distribution centre to the consignee. Furthermore, Vision van is also the first van ever to feature a fully automated cargo space and integrated delivery drones for autonomous delivery of packages. According to Daimler, such a delivery vehicle would make the job much easier for the delivery guy and offer end customers new opportunities such as delivery at an agreed time.

The emission-free Vision Van is equipped with a 75 kW electric drive and batteries that enable (depending on the intended application) a range of approximately 80 km to 270 km.

Sept. 8, 2016 Driving photo: Daimler

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