Exclusivity, usability and efficiency could be considered as some of the major pointers that automakers are expected to keep in mind while designing their upcoming models. Keeping in mind such future-proof aspects in order to surge ahead of its rivals, Daimler is now developing a self-driving EV with capabilities of changing its usability between a people carrier to a delivery van.

What people used to see in fictional novels and artworks is being made into a functional reality by the German auto giant. The said concept, according to an official release by the company, consists of two modules which can either be selected manually or automatically depending on the usage. Where the vehicle can be transformed into a 12-passenger commercial vehicle or a freight carrying van.

Daimler is only a part of the large-scale cutthroat competition pertaining to autonomous driving technology and its future use in the commercial arena

Vision URBANETIC, as the company has named the project is expected to have a cargo module making the vehicle available as a goods transporter. Reports suggest that the company has designed the vehicle to cater to the needs of logistics companies to efficiently tackle the lack of drivers.

The vehicles under the project will be linked to an integrated IT system and would be able to analyse mobility needs, adopt rules, avoid traffic jams, the company stated.

The said concept, according to an official release by the company, consists of two modules which can either be selected manually or automatically depending on the usage

“Our new concept underlines that we don’t want to wait and see what happens next, we want to start the phase of autonomous driving quickly,” Mercedes vans division head Volker Mornhinweg said at a preview for reporters.

However, Daimler is only a part of the large-scale cutthroat competition pertaining to autonomous driving technology and its future use in the commercial arena. General motors which seem to be walking on the same path is expected to its Bolt EV Robotaxis in the US by 2019, while ride-hailing major Uber has slated a launch of its self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs in the same time.

The article was adapted from an article at Nikkei Asian Review, which you can find here.