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ZF will start production of the e.GO Mover autonomous electric vehicle next year, and will display it at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover in September to highlight its services in the field of digital logistics.

The e.GO Mover will be built in Aachen, Germany, with ‘five-digit’ volumes initially planned, the company says, and with an expectation of ramping up to a million within the next five to seven years.

The e.GO Mover features ZF’s electric drive, steering and braking systems, as well as its ProAI computing and sensors which enable automated functions. It will be built under the recently-formed joint venture called e.GO Moove, a partnership with e.GO Mobile AG and with facilities at RWTH Aachen University. Both people-mover and cargo models are planned.

In Hanover, ZF will also show an autonomous package-delivery vehicle that can ‘follow’ a courier from destination to destination. Digital logistics – including hardware, software and services – is said to be a key part of the company’s strategic direction and focus.

Speaking at the ZF Technology Day 2018 in Friedrichshafen, CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said: “Initially, we expect to see automated driving activities more commonplace on company premises and logistics depots, in harbours or in agricultural environments, as operations there tend to be more recurrent and the surroundings are not too complex.” He added: “We want to provide systems solutions which can address all potential requirements when it comes to the mobility of the future.”

Changes to ZF board, launch of S-Cam4 cameras

ZF has also announced changes to its executive board. Peter Lake, board member for corporate market, has come to the end of his three-year contract, and human resources board member Jürgen Holeksa is also to leave. Lake’s responsibilities will be redistributed between other board members and a new unified sales function will link directly to Scheider.

New products recently launched by the company include the S-Cam4 cameras built in partnership with Mobileye: these are to be supplied to a major OEM in ZF’s largest-yet camera contract. The S-Cam4 cameras are designed for safety interventions such as automatic emergency braking, as well as to support semi-automated driving functions.

-Farah Alkhalisi