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ZF Delivers 360 Degrees of Safety to the Commercial Vehicle Industry

  • ZF is showcasing at TMC Fall 2021 its suite of innovations that to help shield the truck and trailer from potential hazards through detection and dynamic control
  • Following ZF’s integration of WABCO, the new commercial vehicle division offers combined expertise, and broad and scalable solutions that will help to enable 360 degrees of safety

CLEVELAND, Ohio. According to the HDT/Work Truck Safety Survey 2021, distracted driving detection is the top technology that America’s largest fleets plan to invest in within the next year. ZF provides 360 degrees of safety – front, side and rear – helping to shield the truck and trailer from potential hazards through detection and dynamic control. With the successful integration of WABCO, ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division, launching Jan. 2022, is intensely focused on delivering intelligent, and function-led technologies and systems required for future autonomous, connected and electric commercial vehicles. ZF will be displaying these comprehensive safety and intelligence systems during TMC Fall 2021, Sept. 12-16 in Cleveland, Ohio, in booth #4045.

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ZF Delivers 360 Degrees of Safety to the Commercial Vehicle Industry

“ZF is helping revolutionize the commercial vehicle market by bringing cleaner, smarter, safer and more efficient technologies to this important transportation sector,” said Julien Plenchette, vice president, Americas, Commercial Vehicle Division, ZF Group. “Safety is critically important for our customers and everyone who shares the road with trucks. ZF is focused on delivering products and systems that can aid in creating a safety perimeter around the vehicle to help avoid accidents.”

ZF will highlight the following technologies at the TMC Fall 2021 event:

OnGuardMAX™ – Flagship Safety System Goes into Production

OnGuardMAX combines sophisticated data integration with state-of-the-art camera and radar sensors to detect, classify and react to moving and stationary vehicles and objects. The system is designed to warn the driver of imminent collisions and, if necessary, can autonomously bring the vehicle to a complete stop. This advanced object detection and autonomous braking capability further enables the new ZF system to help prevent or mitigate accidents involving vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Other features include lane departure warning, road departure braking, traffic sign recognition and safety distance support. When paired with next-generation braking systems, OnGuardMAX can enable adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go. OnGuardMAX will go into series production with a North American customer in 2022.

OnSideALERT™ Passive Lane Change Assist – Protects Vehicle Passenger and Driver Sides

A radar-based, blind-spot detection system that supports drivers merging into adjacent lanes by checking them for clearance and for the first time is applicable to both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. The advanced driver assistance system enables coverage of the entire side of a standard Class 8 truck and 53-foot trailer and is designed to effectively address side collisions and helps to prevent or mitigate truck crashes by alerting drivers of moving vehicles in the blind spot at speeds of 15 mph and above.

TailGUARD™ Increases Vehicle Safety During Reversing Operations

A reversing collision avoidance system with automatic braking, TailGUARD is designed to detect small, large, static and moving objects in the blind spot behind the vehicle, automatically stopping the vehicle at a safe distance and helping to prevent collisions. Activated when reversing, sensors monitor approximately six feet behind the vehicle and trigger vehicle brakes automatically if the brake is not applied at two feet from the object.

ReAX Adaptive Steering on the Road

ZF’s ReAX steering system is designed to adapt to signals from the vehicle and analyzes driver input to provide smoother, more precise steering, helping to improve performance and reduce driver fatigue. By eliminating long held compromises found in hydraulic steering, ReAX delivers ergonomic ease of operation for vehicle operators, and can help address the industry’s ongoing driver shortage issue by opening the occupation to new or underrepresented demographics. In addition, intelligent, assisted steering designed for commercial vehicles is the foundation for increasing levels of automated driving and further integration with other ZF products, like OnGuardMAX. ReAX entered series production in July 2021 and will launch with OnTraX lane keep assist with a major North American OE in fall 2021.

TrailerCAST™ Provides Fleet Intelligence Through Telematics

Trailer telematics is engineered to interpret and broadcast critical events enabling deeper fleet intelligence and delivering real-time vehicle insights to help maximize uptime. Powered by ZF cloud connectivity, TrailerCAST enables GPS position tracking and critical issue alerts. It also supports fleets with optimized planning of maintenance cycles. First introduced in North America in 2020, TrailerCAST is now available with TrailerFIT, a must-have user interface.

Positioned to be #1 Global CV Supplier

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division is on schedule to launch Jan. 1, 2022 and is well positioned to support the ambitions of truck, trailer, bus, and coach OEMs, as well as fleets. In the Americas, the new division will be led by Julien Plenchette: “I am honored to be named to this role and eager to champion ZF’s global leadership position in commercial vehicle electrification, autonomy and digitalization – reinforcing ZF’s role as an innovation powerhouse that is shaping the future of the commercial vehicle industry.”


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Ashley Van Horn

North America Divisional Communications

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