ZF autonomous EV venture to start output

At CES, ZF also showcased many of the technologies that will be in Transdev’s vehicle in a robotaxi concept free of steering wheel and pedals.

“Automation, electrification and networking are critical enablers as the transport of people and goods continually increase in urban centers,” ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said in a statement. “With our extensive systems competence, ZF is enabling and shaping next-generation mobility.”

He called ride-hailing one of “the biggest drivers behind the development of autonomous driving.”

Transdev will provide the e.Go Mover with its supervision system, connected infrastructure and client application. Yann Leriche, CEO of Transdev North America and head of autonomous transportation systems, said in the statement that public transport will be the first place where real autonomous services will be developed and available to the public.

The partnership “is a great opportunity to enrich our existing mobility solutions with new autonomous vehicles in order to offer the best solutions to our clients,” he said.

Transdev, which says it provides 11 million passenger trips a day, operates in 20 countries. It estimates that it has transported 3.5 million passengers in autonomous shuttles over 1 million miles in countries including the U.S., Canada, France, the Netherlands and Australia.