ZF and Beep to partner on autonomous shuttle for U.S. market
ZF unveiled its next iteration of autonomous shuttle in urban environments and mixed traffic at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, which was held in Las Vegas, Nev. ZF says the new autonomous Level 4 shuttle is equipped with state-of-the-art sensor technology consisting of LiDAR, radar, camera and audio systems that provide precise environmental detection. This is complemented by other technology such as the ZF ProConnect connectivity platform, which enables communication with the infrastructure and the cloud, as well as the ZF ProAI supercomputer where data converge. "In order to reduce traffic-related emissions in metropolitan areas, a reduction in motorized individual transport and a simultaneous expansion of more sustainable, efficient, comfortable and affordable mobility options are required," said Torsten Gollewski, executive vice president, Autonomous Mobility Systems at ZF. ZF says the next-generation shuttle can cover up to 80 miles in pure electric mode and will operate at an initial maximum speed of 25 miles per hour (mph), in further development of 50 mph. The shuttle offers a total passenger capacity of 22, with up to 15 seated. The vehicle conforms to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and includes an automatic ramp and wheelchair restraints.