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.
»The expanded and modernized test track offers us the necessary capacity to significantly expand the development and testing of cutting-edge technologies«, explained Dr. Christian Brenneke, Senior Vice President Product Engineering with ZF's Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division. »Today, the test track already plays a central role for our innovative systems that make trucks, buses and trailers safer and more efficient. As we increasingly focus on autonomous, networked and electrified vehicles, the growing complexity of the systems we develop requires ever more advanced test and validation capacities. The extension of our test track enables us to test innovative driver assistance systems up to fully automated driving and mobility concepts.«