Detroit – Further advancing its “Next Generation Mobility” strategy, ZF is also leveraging the benefits of its unique ability to transfer technologies and competencies across vehicle segments in areas such as automation and electric drivetrains.

The new electric steer-by-wire system completes by-wire-portfolio demonstrating its first passenger car steer-by-wire system, ZF has propelled its comprehensive ‘by-wire’ technology portfolio to the forefront of the industry. During an annual global technology event, ZF presented its advanced steer-by-wire technology for the front axle.

“ZF’s new all-electric steering system is at the cutting-edge of by-wire technology and our comprehensive portfolio uniquely and powerfully positions the Group to achieve fully automated by-wire vehicle control in a highly competitive environment,” said Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

“Our divisions work together in close partnership optimizing the benefits of mutual technology transfer. ZF’s new steer-by-wire technology is an important precondition for advanced automation in passenger cars and, true to our ‘develop once, deploy anywhere’ guiding philosophy, will also be applied to commercial vehicle automation,” added Scheider.

Steer-by-wire technology transmits driver commands to the steering system entirely through electrical signals, removing the mechanical link between the steering wheel and front axle. Going forward, by-wire technology is expected to play an increasingly pivotal role in all aspects of vehicle motion control – longitudinally, transversely and vertically.