ZF Friedrichshafen develops “mind-off” software with Oxbotica11. October 2021
ZF Friedrichshafen develops “mind-off” software with Oxbotica
ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Oxbotica plan to jointly develop Level 4 self-driving systems for autonomous shuttles.
ZF, a German automotive supplier, will take a 5% stake in the British AV software startup, which aims to address challenges in logistics and public transport.
The L4 system will be integrated into various vehicles, including mobile shuttles that can be used for both freight and passenger transport in urban areas. Level 4, sometimes called “mind-off” autonomy, is completely driverless, but only in certain areas, and allows drivers to continue to take over when needed.
Financial details were not disclosed.
Oxbotica specializes in autonomous vehicle software for all industries, a concept the company calls “universal autonomy.” In April, U.K. online grocer Ocado took a $13.8 million stake in Oxbotica to develop self-driving vehicles for its warehouses and last-mile grocery delivery.
In May, ZF and Mobileye, an Intel driver assistance systems chip developer, announced plans to develop advanced driver and safety systems for future Toyota vehicles.