Much has been written about the transformation of the automotive industry, with terms such as 'software-driven' and 'electric mobility' frequently used. One keyword rarely mentioned in this context though is the chassis. Yet the new drives and electronics architectures, the ever-better assistants and consistently higher level of automation will help shape the chassis for the next generation of vehicles. "Everything comes together in the chassis," says Christoph Elbers, Vice President Car Chassis Technology at ZF. "It's here, thanks to smart actuators such as brakes, steering or damping, that the vehicle's intelligence is put down onto the road. And an electric drive is much easier to network with the chassis than it was in the internal combustion engine days."