The current challenges in the commercial vehicle sector are massive. High logistics volumes, increasing shortage of drivers, ever more complex requirements for fleet and maintenance management as well as increased demands in terms of safety and sustainability – for both goods and passenger transport. There is no question: Trucks, trailers, buses and coaches must help shape the mobility and transport turnaround. Not at some point, but NOW.
How can we achieve this? With innovative solutions from ZF. Due to decades of expertise and a comprehensive product portfolio, ZF offers innovative components and complete systems for the transport industry – not only tomorrow, but already today. The guiding principle: More safety, increased efficiency, smart connectivity.
ZF is not focusing solely on global requirements. With the "local for local" strategy, the Group anticipates the respectively correct solutions for the important market regions (USA, EMEA, China, India) – and has the competence to implement these solutions locally. For a mobility turnaround everywhere, immediately.
Cost-effectiveness and sustainability do not have to be contrasts. Lower fuel consumption thanks to efficient transmissions, hybrid or electric drives, longer life cycles of components and systems, a global service network with remanufacturing expertise – these approaches and solutions from ZF do not only reduce operating costs for OEMs and fleet operators. They also reduce emissions from both goods logistics and passenger transport, save raw materials and are thus a real advantage for the environment. ZF is also embarking on new paths here: In the truck sector, ZF is also involved in international joint projects such as Aeroflex. With regard to urban passenger transport, ZF is establishing itself as an overall supplier of autonomous, all-electric shuttle solutions.
Worldwide, logistics transport volumes are growing. Where many commercial vehicles are used to maintain important supply chains, the demands of forwarding companies and other road users for active and passive safety are also growing. Legislators are also increasingly stipulating assistance systems that support drivers and provide added safety. One example is the General Safety Regulation (GSR), which comes into force in the EU in 2022. ZF combines precise environmental sensors, powerful control units as well as AI and proven actuators in the chassis, steering and driveline to form state-of-the-art, automated driver assistance systems. These automatic aids also relieve stress for professional drivers, facilitate their on-boarding and make the profession more attractive. All this avoids accidents, reduces possible associated consequences and puts human well-being at the center of attention.
Punctuality. Reliability. Cost-effectiveness. Keeping these requirements balanced is not easy for fleet managers at times of booming e-commerce. With cloud-based solutions for predictive maintenance, logistics planning and more, ZF offers fleet operators the support they need in times of volatile order books. Connected solutions also reduce the volume of emissions in logistics, since drives can be utilized better and condition monitoring – for example of the tire air pressure – supports efficient driving. For this reason, ZF sees digital and connected services as being the basis for shaping the mobility of the future.