ZF demos automotive supercomputer, autonomous minibus: Page 2 of 2

January 08, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
ZF demos automotive supercomputer, autonomous minibus
At CES in Las Vegas, automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen shows how networked and autonomous driving could become reality. A powerful AI computer for autonomous vehicles takes center stage. In addition, there is a fully autonomous vehicle - a "people mover", which will soon go into series production.

ZF is not alone in the market for such computers - its competitors Continental and Bosch have also introduced their own platforms or announced that they are working on them. In addition, Nvidia cooperates with almost all reputable car manufacturers in developing similar computer platforms; it remains to be seen to what extent the OEMs will rely on the delivered platforms in their series versions or whether they prefer their own designs. Whatever the case, ZF claims that its ProAI is the most advanced computer for autonomous cars in terms of series production.


The ZF Pro AI runs its own software stack for processing the control tasks associated with autonomous driving. The design follows an open, modular and scalable architecture. It is also flexible: Customers - i.e. vehicle manufacturers - can use chipsets of their own choice as well as their own software.

In addition to the computer platform, ZF is also showing a fully automatic minibus - a "People Mover”. The vehicle was developed in a joint venture named e.GO Moove with electric vehicle manufacturer e.Go Mobile. According to ZF, this is the world's first electric minibus with full road approval. In cooperation with mobility service provider Transdev, ZF and its partner e.GO Mobile want to offer the vehicle primarily for applications in the area of mobility as a service (MaaS). The immediate goal is sales in the five-digit range.

The demonstration vehicle at the CES is already fully autonomous and therefore does not require a steering wheel or pedals. For the time being, however, there is still a human watchdog on board to monitor the systems.


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