Schaeffler and VDL Groep have joined forces to explore the development and production of next-generation autonomous shuttles for public transportation. These two family-owned companies plan to unveil their initial prototype, along with all relevant automotive electrification and steering technology, at the IAA Mobility show in Munich. The collaboration aims to leverage their technological expertise in systems engineering, development, production, and public transportation. Mobileye is partnering with them to equip the shuttles with autonomous driving systems. The partners are in advanced discussions with public transport authorities and operators to initiate pilot projects, with street testing anticipated to commence around 2025. The evolving global mobility landscape, particularly in metropolitan areas, is moving towards sustainable and easily accessible transport alternatives. Autonomous shuttles, available through an app-based service, are expected to revolutionize public transportation in the coming years, with increasing demand in major cities across Europe, North America, and parts of Asia by the end of the century. The strategic cooperation between Schaeffler and VDL underscores the importance of early involvement in these developments, with the goal of expediting the commercial-scale production of shuttle vehicles.
Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG, emphasizes the integral role of self-driving shuttles in modern mobility ecosystems and the company’s commitment to supporting their development in collaboration with strong partners like VDL Groep and Mobileye.
Willem van der Leegte, President and CEO of VDL Groep, highlights the significance of autonomous shuttles in future mobility needs and their seamless integration into VDL’s comprehensive mobility solutions. The cooperation represents an opportunity for innovation and pioneering with esteemed partners Schaeffler and Mobileye.