Nevertheless, the systems described above represent only a few of the puzzle pieces that make up the big picture, known as the “
ZF Vision Zero Ecosystem
”. ZF has been consistently expanding this system by entering into partnerships with highly specialized companies or by purchasing shares in technology companies that are relevant for ZF’s interests. „In 2016 alone, we announced the market launch, together with Nvidia, of ZF ProAI, the world's first control unit with artificial intelligence and we invested in the company Ibeo, which is a lidar and software specialist. Not only that, we also acquired shares in the company Astyx, which is an ultra high-frequency radar manufacturer. Moreover, we entered into a strategic partnership with the Faurecia, a vehicle interior design specialist, to create the cockpit of the future,” says CEO Sommer in listing a few further examples, adding: „In addition, the strategic cooperative agreement entered into in June 2017 with Hella, a manufacturer of sensor technology, improved our position as a complete system supplier for modern assistant systems as well as for autonomous driving functions.”
With its all-electric powered innovation vehicle called the “
Vision Zero Vehicle
”, which ZF recently unveiled to the public, the company has demonstrated that the technology of the future can already make a difference today in terms of greater
. This family van comes with safety functions that represent a giant step on our long journey toward Vision Zero. This “carrier” of technology already conveys a sense of how the computer will relieve drivers by assuming control of the wheel.
The Vision Zero Vehicle is ZF's current innovation prototype.