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The Forklift Truck of the Future

The ZF Innovation Forklift is the first ever materials handling vehicle that can see, think and act.
ZF editors, April 24, 2018
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It can record people or stationary objects such as pallet cages or simply pallets: The ZF Innovation Forklift represents the ZF motto “see. think. act.” in a perfect way. The fully networked electric forklift truck with highly automated driving functions is equipped with camera and radar systems that enable it to see its surrounding environment. The data that these systems generate are analyzed by the ZF ProAI central computer, which is based on an artificial intelligence software that has already been proven in other innovative prototype vehicles modeled on passenger cars and tractors. Intelligent actuating elements – such as the ZF electric rear axle steering for forklift trucks – and the electric ZF single-wheel drive carry out the control unit's given commands.
“The highly automated ZF Innovation Forklift is the result of bundled know-how to create a unique and comprehensive solution that essentially embraces the main requirements of the industry: reducing costs and making materials handling processes far more efficient,“
— ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider

“The highly automated ZF Innovation Forklift is the result of bundled know-how to create a unique and comprehensive solution that essentially embraces the main requirements of the industry: reducing costs and making materials handling processes far more efficient,“ says ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider. The ZF Innovation Forklift bundles digitalization, automation, electrification and networking. It paves the way toward autonomous materials handling vehicles of the future. This highly automated forklift truck completes work orders by independently going to the storage location, picking up the goods and delivering them to the customer.
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World premiere at Hannover Messe: ZF’s highly automated forklift can see, think and act