ZF has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Oxbotica to develop a Level 4 self-driving system which will initially be deployed in passenger shuttles in major cities around the world.

The system developed by the two firms can be integrated into various vehicles, including Mobility-as-a-Service shuttles, to provide on-demand passenger and goods transportation vehicles in urban environments.

As part of the collaboration, ZF has invested in Oxbotica and will take a seat on the company’s advisory board with a five percent share. The two companies started working together in 2019, when Oxbotica integrated its autonomous vehicle software with ZF’s ProAI, an AI capable automotive-grade compute platform, and Full-Range Radar technologies.

Ahead of the autonomous shuttle deployments, ZF and Oxbotica will work closely together to continue to develop the technology. They will also work on the validation and verification of the integrated self-driving vehicle system.