ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German manufacturing company, is observed to speed up the deadline for automated commercial trucking by the year 2025. ZF is primarily known for its design, research and development, and manufacturing services in the global automotive industry, and the company is setting the course with its recent developments in trucking autonomy.
The supplier is set to deliver a Level 4 autonomous driving system with an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) for an unnamed commercial vehicle manufacturer with the market launch being scheduled for 2024-25. The comprehensive system will comprise sensors, computing power, a software system, and actuators. Level 4 can be categorized as fully autonomous driving with the option for a human operator to take over control if need be.
Mr Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ZF, is confident that the global tech company will deliver results when it comes to the realization of automated and autonomous driving, and explained why at the ongoing CES 2020: “ZF already offers complete systems at different price and performance levels and is active in all relevant fields of application with passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and industrial technology.” Scheider also noted that the growing global demand for autonomous trucking systems will render Level 4 and above attainable in the near future. Compared to the urban vehicle industry, the commercial vehicle industry is moving at a faster pace when it comes to autonomous driving, as fully automated commercial vehicles are allowed to operate within closed areas or defined lanes. In contrast, fully automated passenger cars in public areas are highly dependent on regulation and may see a later debut.