ZF acquires Intellic Germany to up commercial vehicle connectivity
ZF has acquired Berlin-based advanced tachograph technology firm Intellic Germany GmbH, to advance next generation fleet connectivity for commercial vehicles.
“Incorporating Intellic’s smart tachograph technology within our telematics portfolio further advances ZF’s leading position as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for commercial vehicle manufacturers, fleets and industry partners,” said Hjalmar Van Raemdonck, head of digital systems solutions in ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions.
He added that as a uniquely regulated and trusted data centre, smart tachographs will have an increasingly important role to play in the road transportation ecosystem.
The integration of trusted smart tachograph data with ZF’s recently launched SCALAR fleet orchestration platform will enable more efficient routing, dispatching and driver scheduling to help significantly enhance fleet efficiency.
“Leveraging the data integrity of smart tachographs will open opportunities in logistics, infrastructure optimisation and build on ZF’s recent launch of its SCALAR digital fleet orchestration platform,” Van Raemdonck said.
From 2023, the smart tachograph will become the central trusted device in the commercial vehicle sector in Europe.
By third quarter 2023, manufacturers in Europe will be required to install next generation smart tachographs in new vehicles and, by the end of 2024, they will replace analog tachographs altogether.
As the ‘black box’ of the vehicle, verified data will include the entry of local times, precise real-time clocking, secure Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and an Intelligent Traffic System interface (ITS).
Enabling a ‘Connectivity Hub’, it is envisioned that a single, certified box will be able to reliably and accurately collect and relay data from a wide range of vehicle sensors and data sources including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and EBS signals.