The biennial International Motor Show Germany (IAA) kicked off this week, showcasing the latest vehicle and mobility technologies in the world’s markets.
Here is a highlight reel of the new ideas, concepts and technologies that may shape the future of mobility in the world!
- Vision URBANETIC – Mercedes-Benz
Instead of a hall packed with their entire model line up, Mercedes-Benz took a different approach this year through a “journey” into their concepts of new technology.
The first concept to greet visitors is the Vision URBANETIC display. Mercedes Benz says that it is a visionary concept based on a self-driving, electrically powered chassis that can take switchable bodies depending on the intended use.
Measuring a length of 5.14 meters (about the size of a BMW 7 series), the concept can be configured specifically for actual needs as well as efficiency and sustainability.
The Vision URBANETIC can be configured to fit 12 passengers to move people during rush hour traffic, and can be used to goods transport through a cargo module at other times.
The mobility concept is also embedded with an intelligent, self-learning IT infrastructure to ensure continuous route adaptation based on real-time traffic information.
While we’ve seen similar concepts introduced before, such as the Rinspeed Snap displayed at the CES2018, the Vision URBANETIC concept maintains the styling and design features that Mercedes-Benz is known for.
Watch the full video of the concept here.
- Bosch’s display the IAA 2019
Bosch continues its tradition of a large, rich display of mobility parts and components, showcasing its under-the-skin technologies that will drive cars of the future.
“For some time now we’ve regarded mobility as much more than people driving their cars. As we see it, tomorrow’s mobility will not only be electrified and automated, but also connected and personalise’, said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management.
Dr. Denner highlighted that its expertise in electronics and software leads to more powerful vehicle electronics and software architecture for the mobility market. Bosch says that computing power will increase by a factor of at least 1,000 at the start of the next decade, and vehicles will increasingly act as players on the internet of things.
Bosch further explains that as the electromobility market is gaining speed at last, the company aims to lead in the market with a current total electromobility orders worth 13 billion euros.
The Bosch display at the IAA 2019 showcases various components, software and other technologies that will be in future of electromobility, including:
- Connected parking
- Automated Valet Parking
- Automated Depot
- Battery in the cloud
- The Bosch IoT Shuttle
- Vehicle localisation technology
- Next generation head unit
- Continental’s Robo-Taxi CUbE
Continental, together with EasyMile demonstrated the Robo-Taxi CUbE, allowing fair visitors a first hand experience of autonomous transportation at the IAA outdoor area.
The Robo-Taxi moves independently between two stops with a safety operator on-board to monitor the driving system during the demonstration.
It uses various laser sensors, cameras and radar sensors to detect obstacles, potential hazards and critical situations in a timely manner. The module we tested seats 6 passengers.
Continental says that driverless transport systems such as these can be applied in both metropolitan and rural areas, and the CUbE offers solutions in both scenarios through emission-free and flexible usage.
The company also says that autonomous shuttle buses reduce risk of accidents, relieve parking shortage and reduce noise pollution due to the quiet electric drive.
According to the Continental operator at the IAA, the Robo-Taxi is now being tested in locations including Frankfurt University.
Continental also says that its autonomous vehicle technology is ready for series production and is already in use worldwide in several pilot projects on manageable, public routes and demarcated areas at company sites, university campuses or trade fairgrounds.
More mobility displays and exhibits will come in Part 2 of this series!