Transdev, ZF and e.GO partner to develop shared autonomous mobility
The partners will start working together immediately to provide a fully functional autonomous solution by 2020, with priority markets in France and Germany.
The e.GO Moove GmbH joint venture (which is comprised of e.GO and ZF) is providing the e.GO Mover: a fully electric, connected and automated shuttle. ZF is equipping this people mover with electric drive systems, steering systems and brakes as well as a central computer using artificial intelligence and sensors which enable automated driving functions. Transdev will provide a supervision system, connected infrastructure and client application.
Yann Leriche, CEO of Transdev North America and Head of Autonomous Transportation Systems, said: “We are convinced that public transport will lead and be the first place where real autonomous services will be developed and available for the general public. This partnership with ZF and e.GO is a great opportunity to enrich our existing mobility solutions with new autonomous vehicles in order to offer the best solutions to our clients.”
The integrated solution will offer a high quality of service and passenger experience, while ensuring passenger safety which remains the first priority of both partners.
“Automation, electrification and networking are critical enablers as the transport of people and goods continually increase in urban centres. With our extensive systems competence, ZF is enabling and shaping next-generation mobility,” said Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. “Novel urban mobility choices like ride-hailing are one of the biggest drivers behind the development of autonomous driving.”
Transdev operates in 20 countries and is committed to leading the way in mobility services by using fleets of shared autonomous vehicles that meet the highest standards for safety, quality of service and customer experience.