The Urbanetic is the vision of Mercedes-Benz and their concept for modularity for automobiles. This design is the companies way of exploring the modular vehicle platform, which is when the cars undercarriage, the chassis, that includes the engine and other important components, is an entirely separate entity that allows you to have numerous vehicular bodies, transforming it from a self-driving van to a self-driving truck, or SUV!
This mobility concept has hyper-organic detailing, which some like and some don’t, but the concept as a whole is pretty awesome despite whether you like the appearance or not. It is equipped with a skateboard-like platform that allows the user to just swap the body out on top, letting you have the vehicle perfect for whatever needs you have! We can all agree that the idea of having a one-powertrain-drives- all system sounds like a perfect opportunity for mobility and manufacturing to go crazy and one very innovative design, there’s just something about the execution that seems a little off to me. For instance, Mercedes-Benz is a company that has the capability of doing so much more than make their minivan turn into what looks like a bicycle helmet on wheels, or the truck that looks like a metallic loaf of bread. Aside from that, I think this is a very innovative idea that could transform the future of transportation and their systems. I wonder what the interior looks like!