Source: ZF announcement
HANOVER, Germany – ZF officially opened its expanded Erich Reinecke test track in Jeversen, Germany. Following an investment of around €18 million, the test track significantly advances ZF’s commercial vehicle testing capabilities and reinforces its global technology leadership position.
Leveraging ZF’s recent acquisition of WABCO, the expanded facility will play an even greater role in the testing and development of new solutions and technologies to help drive the commercial vehicle industry’s vision of an autonomous, connected and electric future.
The test track has a new 3.6 kilometer oval circuit which incorporates a mix of curves and straight sections to replicate a wide range of road conditions to simulate real-life highway driving conditions. Significantly advancing ZF’s testing capabilities, it will support the development of advanced technologies including lane departure systems, traffic jam assistants and highway pilots up to autonomous driving.
The extended facility also includes a new state-of-the-art 1,000m² project and customer center as well as two additional truck halls.
“Leveraging the recent acquisition of WABCO, this investment underlines ZF’s focus on developing and testing technologies such as autonomous driving and e-mobility even faster for our customers in line with the Group strategy ‘Next Generation Mobility’,” said Wilhelm Rehm, Member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG with responsibility for Commercial Vehicle Technology, Industrial Technology, Materials Management. “This unique test track consolidates ZF’s position as a global technology leader and offers exactly those extensive dynamic test possibilities which are necessary to fully exploit the growth opportunities for our company in the commercial vehicle segment.”
“The expansion of the test track in Jeversen by the ZF Group is of great importance for the research and development of vehicle systems for automated and networked driving,” said Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics, Labor, Transport, and Digitalization. “ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Control Systems division is developing complex assistance systems for commercial vehicles there and thus contributes to realizing the vision of future autonomous, connected, and electrified driving. As this investment clearly demonstrates, in the mobility state of Lower Saxony we are focusing on advanced future technologies and innovative solutions which will help pave the way for tomorrow’s mobility.”
The test track is named after Erich Reinecke, a former WABCO Vice President of Group Engineering, who died in 2008. During his career, Reinecke played a major role in the development and market launch of a multitude of electronic control systems for commercial vehicles.
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