ZF Opens its Expanded Test Track

Enhanced Testing Capabilities for Future Commerical Vehicels

10. September 2020, 14:17 Uhr   |  Stefanie Eckardt

Enhanced Testing Capabilities for Future Commerical Vehicels
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Road clear for extended and state-of-the-art test facilities for commercial vehicle technology (from left to right): Henning Kutzner, Head of ZF’s Jeversen Test Track, Dr. Christian Brenneke, Senior Vice President Product Engineering Division Commercial Vehicle Control Systems, Wilhelm Rehm, Member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG with responsibility for Commercial Vehicle Technology, Industrial Technology, Materials Management, Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxony's Minister for Economy, Labor, Transport, and Digitalization, Alexander Rohde, Managing Director Germany of ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division and Marc Sassmann, Construction Project Manager of ZF’s Jeversen Test Track.

ZF officially opened its expanded Erich Reinecke test track in Jeversen. Following an investment of around 18 million Euro, the test track significantly advances ZF’s commercial vehicle testing capabilities, especially regarding future trends like automation, connectivity and electrification.

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.«

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