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Future Mobility

ZF launches platform for networked mobility

With this platform, automobile supplier ZF Friedrichshafen is looking to connect various functions from different suppliers, such as fleet management and ride sharing.

25 Jan. 2018 David Schahinian

The system constitutes a cloud-based Internet of Things solution based on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. It is characterized by cross-industry flexibility and scalability according to Dr. Malgorzata Wiklinska, Head of Digital Ecosystem and Global Innovation Hub at ZF.

One example application is fleet management: the company has networked the in-house telematics platform Openmatics with the cloud. As a result, users can manage not only conventional vehicle fleets, but also windparks or e-bike fleets, including charging stations. But there's more – predictive maintenance: The data collected is used to monitor the wear of individual vehicle components.

In collaboration with Berlin-based startup door2door, ZF has also developed a ridesharing system for autonomous vehicle fleets in local transport for both passengers and goods. This will guarantee “ultra-efficient fleet utilization”, lower costs and reduce traffic jams. Over-the-air updates transferred from the cloud right to the vehicles are possible.

Other companies are also working at full speed on networked mobility services. Bosch, for example, offers solutions for cloud-based wrong-way driver warnings and community-based parking. Here, over-the-air updates are also part of the lineup.