Automotive manufacturer Scania has unveiled a delivery vehicle which seeks to combine online deliveries with other urban services such as transport and refuse collection.
The NXT vehicle uses a modular design which will allow it to change shape depending on the job it needs to do. The front and rear drive modules can be fitted to different types of vehicles to serve different functions.
Scania envisages it being used for commuter transport during mornings and evenings, deliveries during the day and rubbish collection at night.
The company said that it hopes the vehicle will inspire changes in urban planning to optimise different vehicle flows.
Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson said: “NXT is a vision of the future for transport in cities. Several of these technologies have yet to fully mature but for us it’s been important to actually build a concept vehicle to visibly and technically demonstrate ideas of what is within reach. NXT is designed for 2030 and beyond while incorporating several cutting-edge features that are already available.”
Henriksson: “We at Scania can’t redraw the entire transport system for cities. What we can do is inspire change and that is the idea behind NXT – to think about transport and vehicles in a different and sustainable way.”
Robert Sjödin, NXT Project Manager, said: “We are now taking a giant leap into the future. This vehicle will provide invaluable tangible data in our continued development of electrified autonomous vehicles.”