A major automotive components supplier is backing a German start-up software company in a joint venture that will see fully autonomous electric vans and passenger vehicles enter production for off-highway applications next year.
Aachen-based e.Go Mobile has partnered with ZF systems to develop the e.Go Moove and e.Go Mover cargo and passenger vehicles, which will be on show at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover in September.
ZF’s CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider and Dr Günther Schuh, founder and CEO of e.GO Mobile have announced that series production will begin in Aachen in 2019.
ZF will be supplying the e.Go Moove and 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.
ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said: “System providers like ZF can significantly benefit from the worldwide trend toward automated driving and electromobility.
“The e.GO Mover is the first production-ready vehicle featuring ZF systems which provides an autonomous mobility concept for cities.”
“Initially, we expect to see automated driving activities more commonplace on company premises and logistics depots, in harbors 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.”
Scheider says the right strategy and the right speed are paramount. “In an increasingly complex technology environment, companies that can quickly offer harmonized subsystems or complete systems solutions have a distinct advantage. This is how we have aligned our company’s strategy.
“ZF’s strategic focus is to be a systems provider that shapes ‘Next Generation Mobility’. We want to provide systems solutions which can address all potential requirements when it comes to the mobility of the future.”