Shining star. The MB Vision Urbanetic concept premiered at the Hannover Commercial Show

The Future Transportation team of Mercedes-Benz Vans has developed an AI and computer vision-powered cargo sensor system. CoROS (Cargo Recognition and Organization System) is intended to optimize deliveries for logistics businesses by automating cargo management, decreasing the need for package handling, and improving delivery times.

CoROS, as fitted in a new Sprinter, uses an array of cameras to identify, scan and track tagged packages as they enter and exit the vehicle: their optimal loading position is recommended based on their size and destination.

At each stop, the driver will be directed to the customer’s packages by LED lighting and any changes or reorganization of packages’ positioning will be tracked. Fleet managers and customers can receive real-time status updates, both to track individual deliveries and for the fleets, to give insight into performance and the potential for optimizing dispatch and operations.

The interdisciplinary Future Transportation team is part of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and working in “a garage in Menlo Park” on user-centred design with rapid prototyping.

CoROS was presented at the Fleet Forward Conference in San Francisco, and follows Mercedes’ presentation of its Vision Urbanetic concept at the Hannover commercial vehicle show, Germany, last month. This was a more futuristic autonomous proposition with interchangeable body modules, but showcased technologies including a self-learning IT infrastructure to analyse supply and demand within a defined mobility space, and thus automatically plan routes flexibly.

-Farah Alkhalisi