ZF Mobilizes Commercial Vehicle Intelligence
October 12, 2020
on its recent acquisition of WABCO, ZF is accelerating the development of its
product and systems portfolio to enable intelligent commercial vehicles. This
includes an industry-first autonomous trailer coupling function and
energy-saving truck-trailer combination.
EU requirements for manufacturers to reduce new commercial vehicle CO2 fleet
emissions by 15 percent before 2025, increasing to 30 percent by 2030, makes ZF
an invaluable partner to the commercial vehicle industry as demand for electric
drive trains in buses and trucks grows exponentially. In addition, the EU
requires new driver assistance systems approvals from 2022 and, from 2024, for
new registrations to include advanced blind spot warning systems.
With the integration of WABCO’s leading advanced
driver assistance and fuel-efficiency systems into its existing technology
range, ZF is demonstrating the advantages of a complete and unique product
portfolio for trucks, buses and trailer OEMS as well as fleets.
"WABCO is a perfect strategic match for ZF and has enabled us to accelerate our
global leadership as a future-oriented, full-range technology supplier and
systems integrator serving the commercial vehicle industry,” said Fredrik
Staedtler, head of ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division.
“With a clear aim of making mobility and transport cleaner, safer and efficient,
we are mobilizing commercial vehicle intelligence to support customers
world-wide. Just four months after acquiring WABCO, we have made substantial
progress in implementing new development projects bringing together our
significant combined system competencies.”
“When it comes to transformative solutions for the next generation of commercial
vehicles, we are at full speed," added Andreas Moser, Head of ZF’s Commercial
Vehicle Technology Division. “As a result, we can highlight new innovations such
as the fuel-saving truck-trailer prototype , designed for energy-efficient
driving. It combines a lightweight design and aerodynamics with optimized
chassis space offering major benefits for future electrification strategies.”
ZF has also accelerated its successful commercial vehicle electrification
program. ZF’s AxTrax AVE electric axle has been in daily operation for a number
of years and, this year, the Group will start volume production of the CeTrax
electric central drive. By 2023, a complete modular electric drive kit, with
axle and central drives, will be established for buses and trucks of up to 44
tons. As with other ZF electric systems, it will be ‘open to technology’,
meaning it can be combined with a battery or fuel cell, for example.
ZF can now also extend its electrification expertise to trailers with the
eTrailer. This semitrailer, with integrated electric motor, can convert the
conventional truck it is coupled with into a hybrid vehicle that consumes up to
16 percent less fuel. In addition, with the e-trailer, traction and acceleration
improve while noise level and brake wear decrease.
also demonstrated at today’s event how taking a future-forward approach to
enhance commercial vehicle safety. Featured technology included the industry’s
first fully automated coupling assistant which enables trucks to find their
allocated trailer autonomously and engage automatically. Another innovation,
Advanced Reversing Assist, a further enhanced reversing assist function for
trucks was also revealed. - Both solutions help to reduce the risk of accidents,
offer depots increased operating safety and efficiency while reducing the risk
of time delays and repair costs that are typically associated with maneuvering
For automated vehicle operations, advanced vehicle motion control based on
WABCO’s ADOPTTM (Autonomous Driving Open Technology) software platform increases
safety, efficiency and operational productivity. The ADOPT framework applies
ZF’s expertise in Autonomous Driving and Artificial Intelligence to the
commercial vehicle world, helping to simplify and accelerate the development of
Automated Driving applications for Virtual Drivers (Autonomous Driving
Artificial Intelligence). It is specifically designed to support automated
driving modes by providing instant, precise maneuvering and stable vehicle
control in response to "real world" automated driving.
ZF is also reinforcing its capabilities in digitalization and vehicle
connectivity to better serve the commercial vehicle fleets sector. The extended
and integrated offering of truck, bus and trailer technologies provides ZF with
broad access to a rich reservoir of vehicle systems data, which in turn power
its growing portfolio of cloud-based applications and services to further
optimize fleet efficiency and safety.