ZF shows innovative connectivity solution at 2017 Bus & Coach Expo
ZF Services Australia marks 30th anniversary with showcase of its latest innovations, including new intelligent connectivity platform, Openmatics
ZF SERVICES AUSTRALIA will use the upcoming Australasia Bus & Coach Expo to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and to showcase its newest intelligent connectivity platform, Openmatics.
Establishing a new telematics standard in the market, Openmatics is a unique platform delivering unlimited possibilities for connectivity and expansion, independent of vehicle type.
Complete with numerous interfaces, Openmatics can exchange data with all relevant vehicle systems, and can be used not only for fleet management, but also for passenger information, vehicle diagnosis or multimedia applications.
The innovative architecture of the platform ensures it is manufacturer neutral and compatible with third-party providers such as vehicle manufacturers, component providers, or other application developers.
The Openmatics system will provide the bus transportation sector with increased overall operational efficiencies contributing to a major competitive advantage, as businesses embrace digitalisation.
Reinforcing ZF Services’ commitment to new technologies and innovative solutions, the famed AVE 130 low floor electric portal axle and EcoLife transmission will also star on the ZF stand.
Aligned to the ZF ‘Vision Zero’ concept, a world with zero emissions, the environmentally friendly AVE 130 has made a huge impact on the Australian bus market since its introduction in 2015, when it was fitted as original equipment on Australia’s very first all-electric bus by Bustech – one of ZF’s major customers in Australia.
Offering operators complete flexibility, its revolutionary liquid-cooled electric motors, integrated directly into the axle, can be fed from different power sources.
In addition to plug-in battery operation, with or without a range extender, energy can be supplied by fuel cells or overhead cables with the appropriate infrastructure.
Besides emission-free driving, ZF’s AVE 130 offers additional advantage in stop-start traffic with its high-torque electric motors setting full loaded buses in motion quickly.
When braking, they switch to generator mode and gain back valuable braking energy.
ZF’s EcoLife six-speed automatic transmission is engineered to improve performance and fuel economy and suitable for every bus application, whether it be city driving or longdistance hauls.
With its innovative start/stop function, intuitive software and hardware package, EcoLife is the preferred component of choice by leading bus and coach manufacturers.
EcoLife comes with the topography-dependent TopoDyn Life shift control system, which ensures the vehicle is in the correct gear for any given terrain, providing multiple advantages for operators and passengers.
Another advantage of ZF EcoLife transmissions is that they are designed to be compatible with future hybrid technologies.
ZF will also host on stand LEMFÖRDER steering and suspension products, TRW brake and steering components, as well as SACHS clutches and shock absorbers.
For more information on ZF Services Australia, visit www.zf.com/au. Visit ZF Services Australia on stand 87/88/92/93.
ZF’s EcoLife six-speed automatic transmission is engineered to improve performance and fuel economy