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Digitalization is all about integrating and interconnecting artificial intelligence into more products and endowing it with the capacity to learn. ZF is one of the trailblazers that is revolutionizing mobility.

Connectivity and digitalization have become an integral part of our everyday lives. The enormous quantities of information available everywhere and in real time make new functions and business models possible that were unthinkable a few decades ago.

Software competence is becoming a key factor for innovation and an indispensable characteristic of technology leaders. This also applies to mobility and industrial applications: The prerequisite for successful products is the ability to network individual components to form comprehensive systems that act and learn independently thanks to artificial intelligence and deep learning algorithms.

With this, ZF develops highly automated driver assistance systems as well as smart IoT and connectivity solutions: Digitalization serves the Group as an enabler for shaping the mobility of the future.

Digitalization Encounters Electromobility

Electric drives are a decisive aspect of the mobility of tomorrow. When they are integrated in smart, digital solutions they offer even greater added value to manufacturers and end customers. With the I.E-Axle, ZF shows what form that might take.

Brief Glossary of the New Mobility

Novel names and abbreviations are hallmark features of the language of the mobility of tomorrow. We will explain the most important terms.

Driving Forward Digitalization on Railroads

Passenger and freight traffic services are running at increasingly shorter intervals: The logistics industry is booming; towns and cities heavily rely on rail to achieve climate targets.


Software is gaining importance

The convergence of hardware, software and electronics in the automotive industry is leading to a completely new mobility landscape. In addition to innovations, breaks are also occurring at the points of contact with other industries. The connectivity requirements of the individual components in the "Software Defined Car" are shifting the value creation increasingly from hardware to software. This change requires faster and more comprehensive software development - on the one hand with regard to the speed and quality of processes, but also with regard to methods and solutions in software engineering.

Software for Better #MobilitylifeBalance

Dr. Walliser, Senior VP Corporate Research & Development at ZF, presented the Evolution of Software Architecture at the NASSCOM Design & Engineering Summit 2019.

From Science Fiction to Reality

As a child, Dennis Windmeier was fascinated by the idea of driverless flying cars. Today, as a software developer, he creates the fundamental principles for turning self-driving cars on public roads into reality.

The Chassis of the Future is Code

Working with Microsoft, ZF is leveraging Azure cloud services and developer tools as well as Microsoft’s experience in agile software development.

Semi-Automated Driving with ZF coPILOT

With ZF coPILOT, ZF and NVIDIA developed an advanced driver assistance system that controls many useful functions centrally, contributing in the process to a comfortable and safe driving experience.

Artificial Intelligence

When machines learn to think

Equipping computers and robots with the cognitive abilities to handle even highly complex tasks better than humans - that is the goal of artificial intelligence (AI). The rapidly, increasing computing power of processors makes it possible to process enormous amounts of data in the shortest amount of time. An appropriately programmed algorithm recognizes patterns in Big Data and can interpret them. AI systems can solve problems that are not thematically stored in their code.

One example is the automotive control platform ZF ProAI. This most powerful, central computer in the mobility industry evaluates the flood of information generated by a car's various sensor systems in real time. With this, it calculates the optimum reaction of the vehicle - and learns continuously from the experience gained. These skills are a prerequisite for realizing automated driving in everyday life.

Autonomous Driving: Hand Over Control

From Frankenstein to Matrix: literature and films are full of conflicts between machines and people. Most people would also have difficulty relinquishing control to an autonomous vehicle. But automation can deliver many advantages here.

Autonomous Driving: The Formula for Success

Driverless cars require artificial intelligence and enormous computing power. ZF ProAI RoboThink is the most powerful AI-capable control unit in the automotive field. Moreover, the various ZF ProAI models offer exceptional flexibility.

AI in Series

Working with strong partners on artificial intelligence for autonomous driving: ZF puts test vehicles on the road along with the Chinese tech company Baidu.

Artificial Intelligence: Smarter Than Man?

Artificial intelligence is a buzzword and trending topic. But what does AI actually mean? What can it do today, and what will it be able to do in the future?

AI: Cars with "Gut Feelings"

Artificial intelligence is crucial in the development of autonomous driving functions since there are an infinite number of situations in road traffic that cannot be programmed in advance.

Deep Learning

The algorithm as a neural network

An important characteristic of AI systems is that they continuously learn as they collect more data.

For particularly complex tasks, special deep-learning algorithms are required, which in their structure simulate the neural networks of the human brain. They allow feedback and correction loops and are particularly well-suited for detecting patterns or deviations in large amounts of data.

This makes deep learning systems, particularly well-suited for image recognition programs, such as those used in the software architecture of ZF Pro AI.

Autonomous Mobility Ready for Production

Autonomous driving and ride hailing took center stage on the ZF booth at the CES in Las Vegas. Challenges and state of the art with these frontline themes are explained here.

Cybersecurity - Staying Ahead of Hackers

As the emphasis on phenomena like identify theft and data breaches gets more and more attention, there has been an increasing emphasis on the security of products as well, from smartphones to baby monitors and now vehicles.

Internet of Things - IoT

Networking devices and data

The idea behind the "Internet of Things" (IoT) is to let machines of any kind communicate with each other as well as with external users.

This networking of different systems makes new digital services possible on the one hand. It also allows hardware to be used more efficiently on the other. This applies to cars that share information about potholes with other vehicles, as well as industrial manufacturing plants, which coordinate current capacity utilization, or wind turbines, whose maintenance can be planned before damage occurs thanks to real-time data on wear.

ZF offers an infrastructure for these applications with its cloud-based IoT platform. Thanks to its broad portfolio, the technology group benefits from cross-sector synergies to offer its customers a wide range of innovative, secure and intelligent functions.

Powering Mobility on the Water

Since the 1980s, ZF has maintained partnerships with engine manufacturers and North American recreational boat builders.

A Smart IoT Solution: the ZF Call Button

An easy-to-install smart tag accelerates material supply in production and assembly.

Data Analysis Means Greater Efficiency

Instead of relying on networking and big data, production and test data in many companies are still an unused resource. ZF itself relies on data analytics and is also offering this service on its test benches.

IoT – A Network of New Possibilities

From smart hardware systems to digital services: With its cloud-based IoT platform, ZF offers its customers a wide range of innovative, secure and intelligent solutions - across a range of applications and industries.


Systems for an intelligently networked world

In a networked world, it is essential that vehicles and systems communicate with each other. In future mobility solutions, not only the vehicles themselves and among each other will be networked. Additionally, mobility services and infrastructure will be integrated into this network. ZF offers solutions in both the logistics and automotive sectors.


Efficient logistics means more than transporting goods or people from A to B - it is the pulse of the economy. But scarce resources require careful handling. This applies to the transport of sensitive goods or reliable process management as well as to the optimal use of a vehicle fleet.Under the ZF OPENMATICS brand, ZF bundles its portfolio of smart connectivity solutions: from a clear and versatile fleet management system to a comprehensive asset tracking concept.

Car eWallet

Car eWallet connects vehicles and service providers in an open transaction network. The resulting mobility ecosystem enables the uncomplicated and direct processing of transactions between vehicles and service providers and makes an important contribution to modern mobility concepts. With its first product, "Integrated Fueling", the ZF subsidiary digitizes the entire commercial fueling process and integrates it into the workflow of fleet management.

Presenting Smart Wheel Connectivity Solution

ZF OPENMATICS and Maxion Wheels announced the joint development of teh world's first fully-integrated wheel sensor system.

Ready for the Agriculture of the Future

A growing world population needs more productive and sustainable agriculture. Smart farming provides the key to the challenges facing the agricultural industry.

Highly Automated Commercial Vehicles

Automated vehicle technologies are moving beyond passenger vehicles and SUVs to play a major role in commercial vehicles.

The Sustainable & Connected Construction Site

The construction site of the future needs to become more efficient and less polluting. Digital and electric solutions from ZF offers some interesting approaches in this respect and provide companies with tangible competitive advantages.

Satisfaction Delivered to Your Door

In Germany alone, parcel couriers deliver more than ten million parcels every day - and the trend is rising. With an interconnected and autonomously driving concept vehicle, ZF shows how parcel delivery can be handled with less stress.

Connected Solutions

Digitalization and software drive tomorrow's mobility

Networked systems are considered a decisive factor for future mobility. Digitalization offers great opportunities for all fields of technology and will be one of the key differentiators in achieving higher levels of automation. But this trend also applies to e-mobility and vehicle safety or in modern chassis technology. At the same time, ZF is increasing its expertise in software development in order to convince with innovations which will increasingly be software products in the future.

Autonomous Driving

From technology and testing through to the future: We provide you with an overview of autonomous and automated driving of cars and other vehicles.

Electric Mobility

For local emissions-free transport vehicles, all-electric drives are the only option. ZF supplies these drives for passenger cars, trucks and buses as highly efficient system solutions, among them electric motors and power electronics.

Integrated Safety

Helping to prevent traffic accidents or at least mitigating their severity are goals that ZF is pursuing with the most comprehensive safety technology portfolio in the supplier industry.

Vehicle Motion Control

The chassis plays a major role in ensuring safety, comfort and efficiency of a vehicle.