ZF Friedrichshafen AG today announced it has acquired 60 % share of Netherlands-based 2getthere B.V., a provider of complete automated transport systems. Applications of products from 2getthere range from driverless electric transport systems at airports, business and theme parks to dedicated urban transport infrastructures. ZF is said to be executing its Next Generation Mobility strategy with this investment, to strengthen its foothold in the ‘Mobility-as-a-Service’ and automated guided vehicle growth markets. The products of 2getthere also complement the existing activities of ZF. The two companies agreed not to disclose the transaction volume.
The majority stake in 2getthere complements ZF’s existing investments and co-operations, the company noted. These include e.GO Moove, a joint venture with e.GO Mobile AG, which targets the production of the e.GO Mover autonomous minibus, as well as Transdev, a leading operator and global provider of integrated mobility solutions. In the future, ZF and 2getthere will work closely to further develop technologies for autonomous transport systems.
Conversely, ZF will also benefit from the vast field experience of 2getthere and its extensive engineering and software competences when it comes to configuring and implementing complete autonomous transport systems. ZF said 2getthere’s engineering and software development teams in the Netherlands are expected to grow significantly over the next years, approximately doubling the current 60 employees.
Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chairman, Board of Management, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, said 2getthere has over three decades of experience in the market for autonomous passenger transport vehicles as well as unique engineering and software competences. This acquisition supports ZF’s strategy to become a leading autonomous transportation systems supplier in the booming new mobility market, he added. “We have developed into a complete systems supplier for automated functions and we are therefore in a perfect position to support 2getthere. We can deliver electric drivelines, solutions for sensor technology, high performance computing, and actuators for all levels of automated applications,” explained Scheider.
The market for driverless electric transport systems is developing dynamically, noted Carel C van Helsdingen, Founder and CEO, 2getthere. He said 2getthere wants to continue to lead the market and the involvement of ZF is helping it realise its growth plans, accelerate technology roadmap and provide required security for new and existing customers. The technological cooperation with ZF will support 2getthere’s work for the delivery of mixed traffic applications like Rivium and Brussels Airport, added Helsdingen.
2getthere was founded in 1984, and since then has accumulated over 100 mn km of autonomous mileage with driverless passenger and cargo transport systems in several major cities worldwide. The company’s driverless systems, in revenue service at business park Rivium (Netherlands) and Masdar City (Abu Dhabi) have transported over 14 mn people, fully-electric and reliable. The reliability of the systems installed by 2getthere, including vehicle controls and software architecture, exceeds 99.7 %, the company noted.