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

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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

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