ZF is presenting its Advanced Urban Vehicle at this week's Tokyo Motor Show, with the cloud-connected city car purely electrically powered with a semi-automated drive feature.

The company maintains the concept car illustrates how complete systems can grow from the integration of ZF TRW in the future.

From the start of 2016, the technology company will bundle e-mobility activities in the new E-Mobility Division at the Schweinfurt location in Germany.

ZF is presenting its expanded product portfolio at the Tokyo Motor Show for the first time since the acquisition of TRW. "This concept vehicle shows ZF's power is focused on the automotive megatrends of efficiency, safety, and automated driving," said ZF CEO, Stefan Sommer.

"Simultaneously, the Advanced Urban Vehicle demonstrates how the product range of ZF TRW complements the company's existing product portfolio."

The concept car's characteristic features are its purely electric rear axle drive eTB (Electric Twist Beam) which is located close to the wheel and a front axle with a steering angle of up to 75°.

Thanks to the modified steering angle in combination with torque vectoring on the rear axle, the diameter of the turning circle of the vehicle is reduced to less than 6.5m. A U-turn, in other words a turning manner of 180°, is possible on a standard two-lane road.

Two driver assistance functions further characterise the concept car: Smart Parking Assist manoeuvres the vehicle into virtually any small parking space – also remote-controlled at the push of a button using mobile devices such as a smartphone or smartwatch.

The Cloud-based assistance function, PreVision Cloud Assist, reduces, if needed, the drive torque in a timely manner prior to cornering, thereby also reducing the speed without mechanical braking. The driver, however, remains in direct contact with the vehicle using HOD (hands on/off detection) and the steering wheel display.