ZF acquires manufacturer of autonomous transport systems: Page 2 of 2

March 19, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
ZF acquires majority stake in 2getthere
The vehicle technology company ZF Friedrichshafen AG has acquired 60 percent of the shares of 2getthere B.V. Based in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and with offices in San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore, the company offers entire automated transport systems. Their application spectrum ranges from driverless electric transport systems at airports to innovative urban transport infrastructures. With its strategic investment, ZF aims to establish a foothold in the growth markets "Mobility as a Service" and driverless transportation systems.

 

The two companies intend to jointly develop technologies for autonomous transport systems in the future. "We are now a complete system provider for automated driving functions and therefore in the perfect position to support 2getthere here. We can supply the electric powertrain, sensor solutions, high-performance computing, and actuators for all stages of automated and autonomous applications," explains Scheider. To this end, the number of engineering and software development employees at the Utrecht site is to be doubled from the current figure of 60.

"2getthere has more than 30 years of experience in the autonomous passenger transportation market and also unique engineering and software expertise. This acquisition supports our strategy of becoming a leading provider of autonomous transportation systems in the booming new mobility market," says Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chairman of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In addition, the automotive supplier wants to strengthen its position in the growth markets for "Mobility-as-a-Service", autonomous transport systems, and shared autonomous vehicles (SAV).

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