It is a transformation of mobility as well as a solution to the global driver shortage, which affects public transport as well.
As part of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada, ZF presents its next generation vehicle for autonomous operation in urban environments and mixed trafficWhich will be supported by Beep’s service management platform.
This unit is a complement to the established model, designed primarily for use in separate lanes; Now, Beep, Inc. Thank you for coordinating with. The target is to deliver several thousand vehicles to customers in the coming years.
“Reducing traffic-related emissions in metropolitan areas requires a reduction in personal motorized transport and Simultaneous expansion of more sustainable, efficient, comfortable and affordable optionscommented Torsten Golewski, Executive Vice President, Autonomous Mobility Systems at ZF.
With its autonomous transportation system, the company is revolutionizing mobility by offering a solution to the severe driver shortage around the world, which also affects local public transportation.
The vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art sensor technology which includes lidar, radar, cameras and audio systems to provide accurate environmental sensing. This is complemented by the ZF ProConnect connectivity platform.which enables communication with infrastructure and the cloud, as well as with the ZF ProAI supercomputer, where data convergence occurs.
The virtual controller processes these large amounts of information, derives safe driving strategies using artificial intelligence, and transmits it as input to on-board triggers. This technology replaces the human driver thus making the steering wheel and brake pedal unnecessary. The system is designed with redundancy so that the full functionality and operability of the vehicles is highly reliable.
Characteristics of this ZF technology
The vehicle has a selectable battery capacity between 50 and 100 kWh, It has an autonomy of up to 80 miles (128 kms)at a top speed of 25 mphinitially, and 50 mph in later development.
Its total capacity is 22 passengers with a maximum seating capacity of 15 people. The unit meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and includes an automatic ramp and wheelchair restraint system. The interior is customizable in design and level of equipment.
this vehicle They can operate on defined routes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Carriers can provide mobility service to passengers even when demand is low and can expand routes to meet increased demand despite acute driver shortages.
Read: ZF to present its autonomous driving solutions at IAA 2022
Beep, deployment key
Headquartered in Lake Nona, Florida, Beep provides shared mobility services and specializes in the planning, implementation and management of these types of advanced autonomous vehicles for public and private spaces.Securely connects people, places, and services on first- and last-mile mobility networks across the United States.
The company has been safely testing this technology for more than three years with over 100,000 route hours, and operates the oldest and largest private sector autonomous mobility network in the country in Lake Nona, Florida.
“We are excited to partner with ZF to bring the next generation of autonomous drivers to the US market,” said Joe Moy, CEO of Beep. ,ZF’s full suite of transportation services, its partner network in the US and its automotive-grade vehicles complement our mobility network. turnkey and our autonomous service technology platform.
The partnership with ZF also includes a comprehensive maintenance service to help ensure trouble-free operation and maximize vehicle uptime.
With this launch, the company is assuming a leading role in the future development of public transport: “It is right for our strategy Bringing autonomous driving to Level 4 for first operational use with commercial vehicles. Autonomous transportation systems are no longer a vision. We are just starting with the implementation”, concluded Torsten Golewski.
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