ZF to Transform Into Software-Driven Mobility Provider

ZF, Microsoft Collaborate for Developing Software Solutions
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ZF will be leveraging Azure cloud services, developer tools as well as Microsoft’s experience in agile software development to provide software solutions

ZF has teamed up with Microsoft to transform into a software-driven mobility service provider. ZF will be leveraging Azure cloud services and developer tools as well as Microsoft’s experience in agile software development with an aim to scale up its global resources more efficiently and respond better to the evolving customer needs. Microsoft is providing DevOps capabilities and sharing experiences with ZF to help the latter become a software-driven mobility services provider.

At CES 2020, ZF will showcase Cubix, a software component that gathers sensor information from the entire vehicle and prepares it for an optimised control of active systems in the chassis, steering, brakes and propulsion. Following a vendor-agnostic approach, Cubix will support components from ZF as well as third-party components and create networked chassis functions with the help of its software. By connecting multiple vehicle systems such as electric power steering, active rear axle steering, the sMOTION active damping system, driveline control and integrated brake control, Cubix can optimise the behavior of the car from one central source. This enables a new level of vehicle control and thus can increase safety. The company plans to start projects with customers in 2020 and will offer Cubix from 2023 either as part of an overall system or as an individual software component.

Dr. Dirk Walliser, responsible for corporate research and development, ZF, said the collaboration will accelerate software integration and delivery significantly. ZF will then combine its enormous knowledge as a system developer for the automotive industry with the added advantage of significantly higher speeds for software development. He added.

Sanjay Ravi, General Manager, Automotive Industry, Microsoft, said DevOps empowers development and operations teams to optimise cross-team collaboration across automation, testing, monitoring and continuous delivery using agile methods.