Chamarthi: We will transform our business across all three horizons. First, by safeguarding our core to make our existing products and processes smarter and better. Then by enriching our core, by which I mean adding new features to existing products using digital technologies to, for example, create an uptime service oﬀering based on predictive maintenance for wind turbine transmissions. And ﬁnally, by extending or redeﬁning our core by creating a new product or service that is digitally enabled, such as the X2Safe safety algorithm. We need to employ digital to innovate all aspects of our business – products and services, product development, workplaces, factories, and supply chains.
Gollewski: The X2Safe safety algorithm demonstrates the huge potential advantages of using networked systems in road traﬃc; these systems even enable us to protect road users who are not in their own vehicles, such as pedestrians and cyclists. The algorithm was developed by ZF’s in-house think tank, by the way.
Chamarthi: At the end of last year, there was a terrible accident on the Interstate 96 near where I live. A pile-up of more than 40 vehicles in snowy conditions caused three people to lose their lives. I am certain that these sorts of accidents can be prevented with intelligent, networked systems.