Global Tier-One Supplier ZF will supply Locomation With Level 4 Redundant ReAX Steering Units
PITTSBURGH, PA—Locomation, a leading provider of autonomous truck technology solutions, today announced a comprehensive agreement with ZF, one of the largest automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers in the world, for joint development of steering units to enhance autonomous truck safety.
Under the terms of the agreement, ZF and Locomation will collaborate to develop and test the Level 4 (L4) capable ReAX steering systems in real-world conditions. This steering system integrates market-leading electronic technology with redundant hardware, which is critical for the safe deployment of autonomy.
“We’re excited to work with ZF, which brings its expertise from the automotive sector to commercial vehicles, and it’s a great opportunity to drive the safest deployment of Locomation’s autonomous trucking product portfolio,” said Dr. Çetin Meriçli, Locomation’s co-founder and CEO. “Safety is the bedrock of every phase in our deployment of autonomous truck technology services.”
Locomation is on a mission to re-engineer the world’s supply chain for autonomy, starting with a portfolio of autonomous truck technology, each equipped with the L4 ReAX steering unit. L4 ReAX offers full redundancy to achieve rigorous safety standards, which ensure that a system functions correctly and demonstrates the ability to maintain safe operations at all times by detecting and managing faults.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Locomation on its phased approach to developing autonomous trucking technology,” explained Julien Plenchette, Vice President, Americas, Commercial Vehicle Division, ZF Group. “Locomation’s unique and practical approach with initial human-guidance offers an opportunity to get to market earlier, which provides ZF with real-world data in order to enhance our technology.”
Locomation is aiming to deploy its first product line, Autonomous Relay Convoy™, in late 2022, starting with Wilson Logistics and following with PGT Trucking to fulfill the contracts for a total of 2120 trucks between the two customers.
Locomation is re-engineering the world’s supply chain for autonomy by developing a portfolio of AV products and a suite of proprietary tools, methods, and processes that enable our clients to implement an operating model designed specifically for autonomous vehicles. Launched in 2018 by veterans of Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center, the Locomation team includes some of the world’s foremost experts in robotics technology, artificial intelligence, trucking, freight optimization, safety, and automotive.
ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.
In fiscal year 2020 ZF reported a revenue of €32.6 billion. The company employs more than 150,000 associates at approximately 270 locations in 42 countries.
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