DB Regio and ZF Friedrichshafen have agreed on a strategic partnership to bring highly automated and autonomous bus shuttles onto the roads in Germany more quickly. Through the partnership, both companies aim to reduce traffic in the future, strengthen Germany’s local public transport, and offer a safe, efficient, and sustainable mobility solution.

The partnership will focus largely on smaller regions and cities with Germany that have adopted DB Regio’s transportation services and do not operate their own public transport. However, it will also facilitate a number of co-operations with large cities and districts as well as applications in smaller areas, such as airports or amusement parks.

ZF is contributing its experiences as a supplier of highly automated and autonomous shuttle solutions and its comprehensive service network. In close cooperation with DB Regio, this includes project planning, routing, commissioning, and maintenance of the shuttles as well as a wide range of services for them. DB Regio will take over the complete operation of the mobility solution.

The first series projects, all of which are based on concrete requests from cities or municipalities, have already been identified. With RABus, a funding project of the state of Baden-Württemberg set to run until 2024, the two partners in Mannheim and Friedrichshafen are working to implement the shuttle in a residential area or in inner-city, suburban, and intercity transport.

After more than 20 years of experience with shuttles from 2getthere in and outside Europe, ZF is now addressing the domestic market of Germany on a larger scale with its strategic partner DB Regio.