ZF says it is the first major automotive supplier to participate in the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Alliance.

The objective of the group, which spans Europe, is to bring about a shift in urban mobility, promote networked mobility concepts and create uniform standards for technologies and legislation.

There is potential for new providers in the MaaS segment, which focuses on linking public transport and services such as taxis, ride-sharing and bike-sharing providers.

The backbone is formed by autonomous and zero-emission cargo and people movers, as well as robo-taxis to take passengers to destinations on demand in the future.

In addition to sensors, mainframe computers, software and functions, actuators (for example, steering systems and brakes), and electric drives, ZF's technology portfolio also includes safety products.

At the same time, ZF is developing its integrated systems for networked and automated applications. In spring this year (2019), the Group strengthened its position in the growth markets for MaaS solutions by acquiring a majority stake in Dutch mobility provider, 2getthere.

For more than 20 years, 2getthere has been offering autonomous shuttles for a variety of applications, with the application spectrum of fully automated electric transport systems ranging from airports, industrial parks and theme parks to urban transport infrastructures.

"By joining the alliance, we are establishing important contacts both with other mobility service providers and with the public sector, making it possible to bring together our different perspectives and expertise and pull together in the same direction," said ZF head of Corporate Strategy, Klaus Kimmelmann.

The MaaS Alliance was founded as part of a public–private partnership.

Its primary objective is to enable the launch of a uniform and open market for MaaS solutions within Europe and beyond.