The Mercedes Vision Van concept is at the core of a connected delivery chain (Photo: Daimler)

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision Van, its vision of future delivery vehicles.

The German automotive group said the electrically powered van features a fully automated cargo space, integrated drones for autonomous air deliveries and joy stick control.

"The Vision Van integrates many concrete concepts for future delivery operations in the urban environment, " Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said in a statement.

One of the key features of the concept is that it serves as the central, intelligent element in a fully connected delivery chain. Orders are picked up and loaded on the basis of an algorithm, cargo space management, route planning and drone delivery are programmed and executed automatically.

“The combination of a cloud-based control software and optimum hardware yields substantial time and efficiency benefits,” Mercedes said.