ZF is setting up a technology centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity in Saarbrucken. The company is already developing AI applications for systems and components and also for making production and services more safe. ZF will be expanding its activities in the areas of AI research and will coordinate and control the future of AI activities from the new facility.
ZF has also become a shareholder of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and strategic partner of the Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA). The company will closely work with these research institutions in the future. The deal between these parties is expected to be finalised in the second quarter of 2019 and is subject to formal approval of all current shareholders.
The company is taking their digital technologies to a new level with the new technology centre for AI and cybersecurity using their group-wide expertise. The company is also working in close proximity to research institutions in applicable disciplines that will strengthen cooperation. ZF is also planning to recruit roughly 100 new, highly qualified human resources in Saarbrücken. Around two thirds of these 100 specialists based in Saarbrucken will focus on AI while the rest will focus on cybersecurity.