Photo: Neil Abt/Fleet Owner
A video at the ZF booth demonstrates autonomous driving.

ZF ramps up spending on electric technologies, automation

Sept. 24, 2018
ZF said at IAA it will invest more than 12 billion euros in electrification and autonomous technologies over the next five years.

HANOVER, Germany – ZF Friedrichshafen said it will invest more than 12 billion euros ($14.1 billion) in electrification and autonomous technologies over the next five years.

“Autonomous driving will prevail more quickly in the commercial vehicle sector due to reduced vehicle operating costs while also helping to improve safety and efficiency,” ZF said.

The company made the announcement at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show.

CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said much of the focus is on “revolutionizing the 'last mile' so that packages can be delivered more cleanly, safely, and on time.”

At the show, ZF displayed its Innovation Van that demonstrates how connectivity, autonomous driving, and electrification can be used jointly to meet customer and regulatory demands of the future.

The van can autonomously navigate around obstacles, and drivers are able to use a tablet-based remote control.  Additionally, if parking is hard to find, the driver is able to direct the van to autonomously travel to the next stop to find a spot.

Earlier this year, ZF demoed upcoming steering products for trucks that it said can improve fleet profitability and vehicle performance.

About the Author

Neil Abt

Neil Abt, editorial director at Fleet Owner, is a veteran journalist with over 20 years of reporting experience, including 15 years spent covering the trucking industry. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he began his career covering sports for The Washington Post newspaper, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online (AOL) and then both reporting and leadership roles at Transport Topics. Abt is based out of Portland, Oregon.

Sponsored Recommendations

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...

Proactive Fleet Safety: A Guide to Improved Efficiency and Profitability

Each year, carriers lose around 32.6 billion vehicle hours as a result of weather-related congestion. Discover how to shift from reactive to proactive, improve efficiency, and...

Tackling the Tech Shortage: Lessons in Recruiting Talent and Reducing Turnover

Discover innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining tech talent in the trucking industry at our April 16th webinar, where experts will share insights on competitive pay...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!