Up to this point, mobility has been a fundamental human need that has placed a great burden on our climate, making it necessary to undertake a mobility transformation all over the world. The coronavirus pandemic has further accelerated the pace of this trend. People everywhere now have the expectation of viable mobility that is electric, intelligent, connected, sustainable, safe, autonomous and also affordable. Today ZF offers solutions appropriate to this challenge – both already in and close to volume production. We invite you to join us here and now on this exciting journey into the mobility of tomorrow.
If traffic and mobility solutions are to become safer, more efficient and more convenient, there is no getting around fully automated driving in the medium term. Intelligent advanced driver assistance systems are already achieving greater safety and comfort in passenger cars today. Autonomous shuttles will soon be supplementing public transportation in cities. They will also serve to improve connections between rural regions and metropolitan areas. ZF already has all the necessary technologies required to implement automated and autonomous driving ranging from Level 2 to Level 5.
Electric vehicles alone are not a good mobility solution if they are lined up one behind the other in a traffic jam. Intelligent car-to-x communication is absolutely crucial to keep traffic flowing and to prevent such jams from forming. It can also increase the safety of road users. New E/E architectures within the vehicles and high-performance computers tailored to such architectures serve as the basis here. Data sources that are already available, for example with regard to terrain profiles, are linked with newly collected data, such as on road conditions, which further increases the performance of intelligent systems. At the same time, the available data create the opportunity to offer entirely new services. ZF already has everything that the software-defined vehicle of the future will need, from automotive supercomputers and algorithms to new concepts for how data can increase the performance of mobility even further.
To be truly sustainable, electric drive systems need to be highly energy efficient for each and every application. As time is of the essence, electromobility needs to be faster and faster in finding its way out of development departments and into volume production. Modular construction-kit solutions from ZF will be setting the pace for electric drive systems here, with ZF remaining open to all technologies. The mobility specialist serves its customers through comprehensive solutions for plug-in hybrids as well as purely electric vehicles. With its EVplus (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) and EVnext (battery electric vehicle) concept vehicles, ZF is pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency further in the direction of the physical optimum.
With its promise to develop mobility that is clean, safe, convenient but also affordable, ZF has elevated sustainability to the status of a foundation on which the company is built. All Group activities are geared toward this idea, and the company has pledged to become completely CO2 neutral by 2040. The plan is to have already achieved 80 percent of this target by 2030. By the way, as one of the largest wind power gearbox manufacturers, ZF is making a major contribution to green energy generation and is thus supporting the mobility transition in this area as well.
The improvement of integrated vehicle safety goes hand in hand with the development of autonomous and automated driving. With increasingly powerful control units as well as sensor technology for monitoring the vehicle environment and interior, advances in safety technology are forming the basis for more and more driving functions that are semi-automatic as well as fully automatic.