Autonomous and electric: here next year

Autonomous and electric: here next year

ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider and Dr Günther Schuh, founder and CEO of e.GO Mobile AG based in Aachen, have announced that series production will begin in Aachen in 2019.

The e.Go Moove GmbH joint venture partners manufacture people and cargo movers primarily for the urban mobility needs of the future. Five-digit volumes are initially scheduled for annual production and ZF is expecting that the demand for these vehicles will reach approximately one million in the next five to seven years.

The company is equipping the e.Go Mover with electric drive systems, steering systems and brakes as well as ZF’s ProAI central computer (using artificial intelligence) and sensors which enable automated driving functions.

“System providers like ZF can significantly benefit from the worldwide trend toward automated driving and electromobility,” said ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider during the ZF Technology Day 2018 in Friedrichshafen in July.

“The e.GO Mover is the first production-ready vehicle featuring ZF systems that provides an autonomous mobility concept for cities.”

ZF is presenting further examples for digitally connected technologies using an autonomous, electrically-powered delivery vehicle for package delivery. With this, the courier neither has to drive nor park – the vehicle can follow them independently from one delivery point to the next with zero emissions.

A benefit for commercial vehicles

At the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September this year, ZF will show further use cases for its ZF ProAI supercomputer and broad set of related sensor systems that can help to increase efficiency and save costs throughout the entire logistics chain.

ZF’s CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider clearly sees the benefits for commercial vehicles when it comes to introducing autonomous systems.

“Initially, we expect to see automated driving activities more commonplace on company premises and logistics depots, in harbours or in agricultural environments as operations there tend to be more recurrent and the surroundings are not too complex.”

The technology is also expected to prevail in freight logistics and passenger transport because it can reduce operating costs and at the same time help to increase safety for all road users.

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