For the first time since its acquisition of the U.S. company TRW Automotive in May 2015, the expanded ZF Group will present itself to the automobile industry and the broader public at IAA in Frankfurt in September 2015. The now third largest automotive supplier in the world has bundled its expanded product portfolio to focus on the themes of efficiency, safety, and automated driving. The highlight of the Group’s IAA trade show exhibit is the Advanced Urban Vehicle: The Cloud-connected city car is purely electrically powered with a semi-automated drive feature and impressively demonstrates ZF’s competencies. The concept car dominates ZF’s 1 400 square meter booth in Hall 8 and shows how complete systems with broad customer benefits will be possible following the integration of ZF TRW.
ZF's exhibition booth in Hall 8 offers detailed, multi-media information across a total of 1 400 square meters and reflects the growing importance of the ZF Group, which integrates TRW's IAA booth for the first time. The result is more than the mere sum of its parts, proven by the extended product portfolio covering the megatrends of the automotive industry. Size and diversity of topics are not only reflected in the booth design but also the program during IAA lives up to this claim. During the public days, ZF is informing visitors about its technologies as part of an infotainment show.
Advanced Urban Vehicle: intelligent networking
One four-wheeled trade show highlight shows the potential that these intelligently networked individual chassis, driveline, and driver assistance systems have to offer. For example, ZF’s Advanced Urban Vehicle is a model solution for individual urban transport in the compact and subcompact segment. The features of this concept car include its close-to-wheel, pure electric rear-axle drive, the eTB (electric Twist Beam), an innovative front axle with a turning angle of up to 75 degrees, as well as two driver assistance functions. One is the Smart Parking Assist, which maneuvers the vehicle into virtually any small parking space – remote-controlled, at the push of a button, and using mobile devices such as a smart phone or smart watch. The Cloud-based assistance function, PreVision Cloud Assist, reduces, if needed, the drive torque in a timely manner prior to cornering, thereby also reducing the speed without mechanical braking. Also, the driver is in direct contact with the Advanced Urban Vehicle via the Hands ON/OFF Detection feature and the display on the steering wheel.
Experience ZF live as part of the New Mobility World
In addition to its booth, ZF is presenting its technologies repeatedly during the visitor days at the New Mobility World at the F12 open-air area of the Frankfurt trade show grounds. There, among other highlights, the Advanced Urban Vehicle can be seen in action showing off the functions that reflect its innovative character. In addition, a test vehicle equipped with automated Emergency Steering Assist and an Active Control Retractor (ACR) seat belt system will also be showing its capabilities in the open-air area. This vehicle can demonstrate the benefits of integrating advanced cognitive safety systems. Equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), a further prototype will prove how data fusion from camera and radar sensors is beneficial for automated driving functions.
ZF press conference at IAA
On September 15, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. in the Congress Center of Messe Frankfurt (CMF), Room “Illusion”, CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer will hold a press conference to inform the trade and business press of the company’s current situation and provide essential facts and figures.