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ZF Vision Zero

ZF consistently pursues the target of “Vision Zero” – mobility without accidents and without emissions.

As one of the biggest automotive suppliers worldwide and with our intelligent mechanical systems, we have a unique product portfolio to help shape the mobility of tomorrow. At the same time, we expand the “ZF Vision Zero Ecosystem” through the cooperation oh highly specialized partners and shares in leading technology companies. By this, we foster our position as a full system supplier of modern assistance systems and automated driving functions.

Our Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley is a foothold for the collaboration with strategic partners and talents, together with whom we aim to drive on the development of the big topics of autonomous driving, pioneering mobility concepts and data analytics.

Zero Accidents

Around 90 percent of all accidents are caused by human error, making them one of the biggest risk factors in road traffic.

ZF fully believes that automated driving has the potential to increase road safety significantly, and by this contribute to a drastic reduction of road fatalities worldwide. Through the perfect synchronization and tuning of mechatronics, sensors, assistance and occupant protection systems, we are consistently working on exploiting the full safety potentials of all type of vehicles, in order to get considerably closer to our “Vision Zero” target.

Zero Emissions

Since the beginning of 2016 a dedicated ZF Division, Division E-Mobility, is working on the development and sales of hybrid modules, plug-in hybrid transmissions and purely electric drive systems for passenger cars, trucks, buses and bicycles. For vehicle manufacturers, this portfolio offers multiple application options in diverse vehicle segments.

So, ZF already provides essential components for the concrete realization of its “Zero Emissions” vision.

Our Work

R&D for Autonomous Driving and New Mobility Concepts

ZF is an agile, innovational company, creating products ready for serial production through its own research and development efforts at 21 locations in 8 countries and by targeted investments in the future. In 2016 alone, we have spent two billion euros on these topics.

The newly opened ZF Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley aims at three targets: find the right partners in the areas of digitalization, artificial intelligence, automated driving and new mobility concepts, cooperate, invest. As of late, the University of California in Berkeley has become an academic partner (see also ZF press release dated Aug 31, 2017). Through this, ZF wants to promote the areas of highly and fully automated driving.

Ecosystem: Partnering and Scouting for Companies and Technologies

The dominance of software, shorter innovation cycles, new business models – all this has an impact on us, as a leading automotive technology supplier. In order to master these challenges, we respond with innovations, agility, new approaches and the collaboration with the best internal and external talents.

With our Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley, we are right at the source, finding new and potential partners for future mobility.

Join us

Start-ups - Be part of our vision

We already offer all technologies required for the autonomous driving of passenger cars and utility vehicles.

Yet, in order to maintain and expand this position in the future, we need fast access to innovative technologies.

Interested? Then please contact us.

Talents - We are looking for you

You are an open-minded, collaborative visionary with a wide range of interests. Someone, who gets a kick out of working hard on technical innovations and breaking down barriers. ZF is an agile, strongly innovational automotive supplier with a unique portfolio of intelligent mechanical solutions.

Together, we create products for the mobility of the future, with zero accidents and zero emissions.

Does this match your profile? Get in touch with us.

Let´s get in contact

Dr. Malgorzata Wiklinska
ZF Group
Head of Digital Ecosystem and Global Innovation Hubs

ZF Innovation Hub Silicon Valley
440 N Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale / CA (USA)

E-Mail: malgorzata.wiklinska@zf.com