While much of the news around autonomous technology is understandably focussed on passenger-carrying vehicles, the potential for self-driving goods vehicles is equally important. Take a close look at the traffic on any urban street and you will see that vans make up a surprisingly large proportion of the vehicles occupying our roads. The TRL-led £8m GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) research project in south London has been jointly funded by government and industry.
Mercedes-Benz Vans will introduce mobile servicing, fleet management, connected apps and ready-bodied LCVs in the coming year. With the launch of the X-Class pick-up in 2018 and a revised Sprinter in 2019 – to include front-wheel drive versions for the first time – plus the possibility of various electric vans like e-Sprinter on the horizon, the company certainly has plenty to be getting on with.
It’s not often that we get the chance to get behind the wheel of a totally new van, most are evolutions of previous models or based on another manufacturer’s LCV. Volkswagen’s new Crafter is not only a totally fresh design though, the van is being built in a dedicated factory in Poland and will take VW into a number of market sectors that have previously been closed to Crafter. The first of those is the front-wheel drive large van market.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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