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17th January 2017, Stuttgart

Tomorrow’s delivery van

A lightweight composite shelving system designed and supplied by Stuttgart-based Cikoni is a central feature of the fully automated cargo space within the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van, which was showcased at the recent 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, as well as a number of vehicle shows late in 2016.

Powered by a 75 kW electric drive system with a range of up to 270 km, deliveries with the Vision Van are locally emission-free. The electric drive system additionally guarantees that it will remain possible to operate the Vision Van in inner-city zones where the introduction of bans on vehicles with internal combustion engines is planned. The virtually silent electric drive system facilitates late deliveries in residential areas for the purposes of same-day delivery.

A lightweight composite shelving system designed and supplied by Cikoni. © Cikoni

The intelligent cargo space management system is designed to automatically transfer packages for manual delivery to the deliverer at the destination by means of a package dispenser on board the vehicle. At the same time, the system supplies two drones, each with a payload capacity of two kilogrammes, with consignments for autonomous delivery within a radius of 10 km.

The virtually silent electric drive system facilitates late deliveries in residential areas for the purposes of same-day delivery. © Cikoni

Bionic design principles, structural optimisation and functional integration were employed in the design of the Cikoni shelving system. A mix of carbon, aluminium and sandwich materials for the shelves guarantees high stability during brake application, at minimum operating weight. Integral manufactured supports for load carriers with functional surfaces to minimise friction enable a flexible loading concept without additional joining steps.

Algorithms control order picking, the loading of packages, the fully automated cargo space management, route planning for the vehicle and the delivery drones. They also calculate ideal delivery routes for the package deliverer. Automatic order picking takes place at, for example, a logistics centre, and consignments are loaded into the special composite racking systems. Driverless handling vehicles load the racks via an an automated one-shot loading process.

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