- First appearance at a leading international trade show since acquiring TRW
- Trade show exhibit focuses on efficiency, safety, and automated driving
- Advanced Urban Vehicle is already demonstrating how well the competencies of ZF and ZF TRW complement each other
- Press conference to be held on September 15, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in the Congress Center at Messe Frankfurt (CMF), Room “Illusion”
For the first time since its acquisition of the U.S. company TRW Automotive in May 2015, the expanded ZF Group will present itself to the automobile industry and the broader public at the IAA in Frankfurt in September 2015. The now third largest automotive supplier in the world has bundled its expanded product portfolio to focus on the themes of efficiency, safety, and automated driving. The highlight of the Group’s IAA trade show exhibit is the Advanced Urban Vehicle: The Cloud-connected city car is purely electrically powered with a semi-automated drive feature and impressively demonstrates ZF’s competencies. It becomes clear when you see this concept car, which dominates ZF’s 1 400 square meter booth in Hall 8, how complete systems with broad customer benefits will grow out of the integration of ZF TRW.
At first glance, ZF’s booth in Hall 8 gives the impression that it’s all about the future of mobility; and rightly so. Along three stations connected by a road, the company will show its entire portfolio, which focuses on the themes of efficiency, safety, and automated driving. “The exhibit was designed mainly to demonstrate that the product range of ZF TRW excellently and synergistically complements the company’s existing product portfolio,” says Dr. Stefan Sommer, CEO of ZF.
ZF’s exhibition booth in Hall 8, which offers a lot of detailed, multi-media-supported information on a total of 1 400 square meters, reflects the growing importance of the ZF Group and integrates TRW’s IAA booth for the first time. The result is more than the mere sum of its parts, proven by the extended service portfolio covering the megatrends of the automotive industry. Size and diversity of topics is not only reflected in the booth design but also the program during the IAA lives up to this claim. Thus, ZF informs the visitors on the public days of its technologies in an infotainment show.
Advanced Urban Vehicle: intelligent networking
One four-wheeled trade show highlight shows the potential that these intelligently networked individual chassis, driveline, and driver assistance systems have to offer. For example, ZF’s Advanced Urban Vehicle is a model solution for individual urban transport in the compact and subcompact segment. The features of this concept car include its close-to-wheel, pure electric rear-axle drive, the eTB (electric Twist Beam), an innovative front axle with a turning angle of up to 75 degrees, as well as two driver assistance functions. One is the Smart Parking Assist, which maneuvers the vehicle into virtually any small parking space – remote-controlled, at the push of a button, and using mobile devices such as a smart phone or smart watch. The Cloud-based assistance function, PreVision Cloud Assist, reduces, if needed, the drive torque in a timely manner prior to cornering, thereby also reducing the speed without mechanical braking. Also, the driver is in direct contact with the Advanced Urban Vehicle via the Hands ON/OFF Detection feature and the display on the steering wheel.
Experience ZF live as part of the New Mobility World
ZF will present its technologies not only at its trade show booth, but also several times daily at the visitor days, to be held as part of the New Mobility World at the F12 open-air area of the Frankfurt trade show grounds. There, among other highlights, the Advanced Urban Vehicle can be seen in action, showing off the functions that make up its innovative character. In addition, a test vehicle equipped with the automated Emergency Steering Assist and integrated automated retractors (ACR) will also be showing what it can do at the open-air area. This vehicle is meant to demonstrate the advantages offered by integrating different cognitive safety systems. Equipped with the automatic emergency braking system, another prototype will prove how data fusion from the camera and radar sensors is helpful for automated driving functions.