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ZF becomes full supplier of autonomous shuttle systems


ZF is expanding its product line for autonomous and electric shuttle systems. With immediate effect, the Group offers not only the shuttles themselves, but also all the additional services necessary for the planning, implementation, operation, maintenance and repair of autonomous passenger transport systems. ZF is directing its offer towards cities and urban mobility operators to accelerate the expansion of this important mobility option. ZF shuttles can already solve many acute traffic problems today, as they move people from point A to point B faster and reduce the number of passenger cars as well as traffic emissions in metropolitan areas. In addition, the shuttles facilitate the connection of rural areas to urban centers.

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According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), urban traffic is responsible for around 40% of the climate-damaging emissions caused by global passenger transport. However, both the number of city dwellers and their mobility needs will increase considerably in the coming decades. In addition to the accelerated electrification of urban traffic, smart mobility concepts are necessary so that cities can both contribute to achieving their climate objectives and offer their inhabitants an attractive place to live.

One solution lies in autonomous passenger transport systems. In the run-up to the ITS World Congress (October 11-15 in Hamburg), ZF is now showing how this solution becomes much more accessible and attractive to municipalities: in addition to the fully battery-powered and self-driving shuttles that the Group has in its portfolio since the acquisition of 2getthere in 2019, ZF now also offers all the services necessary for the planning, implementation, operation, maintenance and repair of an autonomous shuttle system.

Currently, municipalities and urban mobility operators need a lot of knowledge and resources to set up autonomous passenger transport systems. Here, ZF supports with its knowledge of the project and its network. “

Our solution is available immediately and can make an immediate contribution to reducing local traffic emissions, ”explained Torsten Gollewski, Head of Autonomous Mobility Systems at ZF.

Complete worry-free package for cities and passengers
ZF’s offer is very comprehensive: the technology group supplies the shuttle systems, helps to create the route, supports the installation and commissioning of the shuttle systems and takes care of the service – and if necessary, repair. ZF also provides advice on fleet management software or connectivity solutions that ensure connection to traffic infrastructure – such as traffic lights and speed displays – as well as communication with passengers via apps.

“The current generation of shuttles are designed to operate in structurally separate lanes. For many cities, this application already means relief from the congested traffic situation, ”explains Gollewski. “Routes can be designed to optimally complement the existing public transport system. Metropolises or medium-sized towns can also significantly improve their connection to neighboring rural areas. Abandoned rail lines can be converted to autonomous shuttle routes – at significantly lower costs than would be incurred by building and activating electric rail vehicles.

Autonomous shuttle systems in separate lanes are also particularly attractive to passengers, as there are no delays due to traffic jams, unlike driving with robot taxis, which travel on roads congested with commuters. regular road. Thanks to the high frequency and punctuality of autonomous shuttles, many passengers reach their destinations quickly and comfortably. This reduces the density of vehicles in city centers and offers a very satisfactory alternative to current modes of transport.

Powerful network
With the next generation of autonomous shuttles, ZF can cover other applications, such as operating autonomous shuttles in specially designated lanes and as a regular participant in general city traffic.

With DB Regio, ZF has won a partner that complements the concerns and plans of municipal transport companies or regional transport associations with autonomous shuttles. “With ZF, DB Regio Bus has a solid technological partner at its side to strengthen public transport with electric, autonomous and flexible shuttles. We are pursuing a common goal: to relieve traffic congestion in metropolitan areas, towns and municipalities and to make local public transport emission-free, ”said Frank Klingenhöfer, member of the board of directors of DB Regio Bus. Additional partnerships, for example for leasing and financing vehicle fleets, will be announced shortly, ZF said.

With this new offer, ZF further strengthens its position as a world leader in mobility technologies. For example, thanks to its after-sales organization, active with more than 10,000 service workshops in 115 countries, ZF can also provide maintenance and service to autonomous shuttles virtually anywhere in the world. ZF also relies on the parent company’s network of development partners. For example, the company also works closely with Oxbotica. ZF holds 5% of the capital of the British high-tech start-up. Oxbotica provides the software for the autonomous driving functions, which can be integrated into the ZF ProAI supercomputer and also works in autonomous shuttle systems.


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