German supplier ZF Group has unveiled the next generation of self-driving shuttles. It’s a move that shows confidence in the role self-driving technology can play. Similar to how other car companies, including Ford and VW-backed self-driving startup Argo AI, are scaling up. support their ambitions.
ZF aims to deploy “thousands” of shuttles in the U.S. over the next few years and is partnering with Florida autonomous shuttle operator Beep to help bring the vehicles to market. The shuttle is designed for use on city roads, with battery capacity options of 50 or 100 kWh, and a battery range of 80 miles. The shuttle can accommodate up to 22 people.
ZF, which has invested heavily in self-driving shuttle services in recent years, said such shuttles could be an “essential contribution” to achieving its sustainability goals. said Torsten Gollewski, Head of Mobility Solutions.
“Today we see mobility approaches that no longer work in cities around the world,” he said. “Too little space, too much pollution, high stress levels, traffic seemingly collapsing under the mass of vehicles and not enough drivers for transport.”
ZF, the world’s third-largest parts supplier, is betting that the shuttle will either complement existing mass transit vehicles or serve as a cheaper alternative, helping to move people more efficiently.