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ZF Innovation Vehicles

ZF regularly integrates its innovative products into vehicles in order to show how creatively ZF engineers are already implementing tomorrow’s mobility functionalities into the vehicles of today.

New transport and mobility concepts require realistic solutions. ZF innovation vehicles demonstrate the Group’s claim to shape the mobility of the future, not only for passenger cars and commercial vehicles but also for industrial applications.

Innovation Cars 2019

ZF aims to make better and more sustainable mobility available to all, and the Group is underpinning this with several innovative vehicles in 2019.

An electric two-speed drive for passenger cars is celebrating its world premiere in e-mobility. Compared to a single-stage drive, the range per battery charge is increased by up to five percent.

In the area of Vehicle Motion Control, the anticipatory “Flying Carpet 2.0” chassis with new damping hardware, comprehensive sensor technology, and smart algorithms increases comfort as well as dynamic handling and safety.

In the technological area of autonomous driving, the high-performance mainframe computer ZF ProAI RoboThink enables solutions for autonomous driving of level 4 and higher which are attractive for ride-hailing applications such as self-driving taxis.

With integrated Safety, ZF is demonstrating how the intuitive design of the interior and the scenarios for handover from automated into manual driving mode can be implemented in an optimal manner. ZF is also presenting the world’s first pre-crash system with an external side airbag: It is triggered before the collision occurs, increasing the crumple zone by valuable centimeters in side-impact crashes.

The EVplus concept

A purely electric range that meets the needs of 90 percent of everyday driving: With its EVplus concept, ZF is gazing into the future of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The test vehicle is based on a volume production car in which ZF has integrated a more powerful 35 KWh battery. In real-world operation, the modified mid-range model can cover 100 kilometers purely electrically on just a single battery charge – even with active auxiliary loads such as air conditioning and low-beam headlamps. This is almost three times the range of plug-in hybrids currently available on the market.

From vision Magazine

Vision Zero Vehicle

Vision Zero – a world with zero accidents and zero emissions – will only become a reality when all vehicles are electric, autonomous and connected.

On the road toward this reality, ZF’s all-electric Vision Zero Vehicle is reaching important milestones in the transition phase from assisted to autonomous driving. Innovative safety systems enable the vehicle to see, think and act – even if the driver is distracted.

ZF Innovation Truck

Aided by the ZF Swap Body Pilot function, the unmanned ZF Innovation Truck maneuvers around the depot.

As soon as the driver has entered the premises, he can get out, activate the autonomous driving mode and then take his mandatory break. The truck will find its way to the target position, driving autonomously and electrically. Once there, the truck will unload any swap bodies it may already have loaded using its Swap Body Pilot function. Likewise, the ZF Innovation Truck will then load a new container autonomously.

The fact that the truck is able to maneuver exactly under the swap body is a central advantage of the Swap Body Pilot: This driving maneuver is extremely demanding when carried out manually, even for experienced truck drivers. Controlled by ZF proAI, a centralized computer, the ZF Innovation Truck always manages these tasks quickly and precisely.

While ZF proAI is the ZF Innovation Truck’s brain, other ZF technologies enable it to act: the active electrohydraulic ReAX commercial vehicle steering system and the TraXon Hybrid automatic transmission system, among other types of technology. The latter is characterized by a modular integrated electric motor that allows locally emission-free driving. A camera-based and laser-supported sensor setup, complete with GPS system, gives the truck its orientation and view.

The result: faster, safer and more efficient logistics processes at depots.

Terminal Yard Tractor

The autonomous Terminal Yard Tractor maneuvers trailers in defined areas to the ramps and back.

Its sensor set enables the vehicle to keep an eye on its surroundings. The ZF proAI central computer coordinates the functions of longitudinal and lateral guidance: This enables the shuttle vehicle to take the trailer from the truck and autonomously maneuver it to the ramp for loading or unloading. Once this has been completed, it takes the trailer back to the truck.

The vehicle's control system is interconnected with the depot's own systems. Stationary cameras at the ramp capture the rear of the semitrailer that needs to be maneuvered. An on-site computer calculates the trajectory and transfers the data to the on-board unit of the ZF Openmatics telematics system by wireless signal. The ZF proAI within the vehicle processes the information in real time and converts it into instructions for actuation of the engine, steering system and brakes.

ZF Innovation Van

With ZF's electrically driven Innovation Van, the technology company transfers its comprehensive expertise in automated driving to the requirements of the logistics sector.

The Innovation Van is equipped with level 4 automated driving functions. The delivery truck is designed to independently maneuver through urban surroundings, stay on course even if roads do not have lane markings, recognize both traffic lights and road signs and react to sudden hazardous situations. In addition, it can recognize and avoid obstacles such as double-parked vehicles. If two addresses are so close that the best delivery route is on foot, the Innovation Van will follow the driver as if on a virtual leash. If there is no parking available outside an address, the courier can send the vehicle ahead to the next stop, where it will look for a parking space on its own. The technologi is using an algorithm that takes into account customer requests in real time and calculates the most efficient delivery route.

ZF Innovation Tractor

Remotely controlled trailer switch and optimum traction management

Fingertip maneuverability, easy connection of implements (SafeRange and Hitch Detection), and ability to overcome any gradient, even with a tractor-trailer combination, thanks to the additional electric drive unit (Traction Management).

ZF has included an off-highway application in their innovation prototypes with the Innovation Tractor.

Pulls ahead of everyone

See - think - act

ZF can make vehicles see, think, act

ZF innovations help vehicles to see, think and act. To support these actions, ZF delivers perfectly dovetailed solutions – a unique selling point of the technology company.