ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired a majority stake in 2getthere, a provider of automated electric passenger transport systems.
The 60% stake bought by ZF will provide the German automotive supplier group with additional expertise in mobility as a service (MaaS), a business area it sees as key to its future product portfolio.
Dutch transport systems specialist 2getthere has more than three decades of experience with autonomous passenger transport vehicles and brings to ZF in-depth engineering and software competencies, specifically in configuring and implementing complete autonomous transport systems.
ZF wants to become a complete systems supplier for automated car and truck funtions and it sees 2getthere as an integral part of its strategy. The two companies plan to jointly develop new technologies for autonomous transport systems.
“This acquisition supports our strategy to become a leading autonomous transportation systems supplier in the booming new mobility market,” ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said in a press release.
ZF has been investing heavily in new mobility ventures. In the area of autonomous people movers, it has a joint venture with e.GO to build an autonomous minibus. And it is working with integrated mobiity solutions provider Transdev.
Founded in 1984, 2getthere has already accumulated more than 100 million kilometers of autonomous mileage with driverless passenger and cargo transport systems