Simultaneously supplying large cities, keeping their inhabitants mobile and reducing environmental impacts is one of the major challenges of the future. One key is optimal control and monitoring of vehicle fleets from taxis to trucks. With Openmatics, ZF offers a very versatile, manufacturer-independent telematics solution. Thanks to a variety of interfaces, it can communicate with all relevant vehicle systems. The service is therefore suitable for fleet management as well as vehicle diagnostics – and in case of buses, for passenger information or multimedia applications as well. Another big plus is the open architecture. Vehicle manufacturers, component suppliers and fleet operators can program and adjust individual apps, making the system equally suitable for taxi companies, car rental agencies, leasing companies, and operators of truck and bus fleets.
To support seamless autonomous driving, however, these vehicles also require an on-board digital agent that can independently carry out tasks and authorize payments without the owner or user having to do so. With the ZF solution “Car eWallet”, based on secure blockchain technology, vehicles will be able to automatically pay parking fees, collect car-sharing charges, pay at the charging station or when the delivery to the car is complete automatically pay the bill.
Keyword security: With X2Safe, ZF offers another forward-looking technology that can prevent accidents in urban areas. X2Safe can communicate with vehicles, smartphones and smart watches to give drivers, pedestrians and cyclists advanced warning of collisions in city traffic. Autonomous or semi-autonomous systems in the vehicle can intervene accordingly – including making evasive maneuvers or emergency stops. Best of all, the more people and vehicles are connected by this interactive safety network, the more effectively accidents can be prevented.