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It’s Winter Testing Season

Proving our Commercial Vehicle Technologies under Extreme Conditions
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The time has come again; this year's winter testing season has started! Our EMEA team headed to the Arctic Circle to our test track in Rovaniemi, Finland, while our North American team is running winter tests in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in Brimley.
Snow, ice and temperatures as low as -30°C (-24°F) are the ideal conditions for winter testing to prove our products under extreme circumstances.

Therefore, every winter over 100 commercial vehicle test engineers set their way to the Arctic Circle in Finland while on the other side of the globe our North American commercial vehicle test team is running winter tests in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Both teams have a clear mission in mind: assess our products under extremely cold conditions.

Evaluation of our products on icy surfaces on our test track in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

A look in the rearview mirror when testing autonomous driving applications.

When developing commercial vehicle technologies that are used on public roads, and in haulage yards around the world, it's important that everything is thoroughly tested for both usability and safety. The development of these solutions would not be possible without rigorous and methodical test engineers putting in the hours on our test tracks around the globe.
Conducting testing maneuvers that cover all aspects of a new technology and a wide range of operating conditions is crucial to mobilize commercial vehicle intelligence. It is therefore essential that test activities are run under extreme cold conditions as well.

Our CV test engineer testing autonomous driving features in Rovaniemi, Finland.

US truck during a snowy driving maneuver on the test track in Michigan.

ZF's test tracks in Rovaniemi, Finland and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in Brimley are designed to test the latest technologies in extreme cold. With icy, low- friction surfaces, the test drivers can see how the systems work when exposed to these harsh conditions. Especially under cold conditions and on very slippery surfaces, our solutions must deliver at the highest levels to ensure safety in all circumstances once the system is industrialized and mounted on vehicles driving on public roads.
Our winter test teams will continue the testing season until the end of March.
We wish all our testing engineers much success!
The snow-covered vehicle test building on our test track in Rovaniemi, Finland.