Friedrichshafen. ZF is expanding its relationship with Oceaneering International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas. The agreement brings together the key strategic strengths of both companies by combining Oceaneering’s engineering, manufacturing, and integration expertise. It also integrates ZF’s know-how in developing the building functions needed to advance autonomous driving. The agreement aims to deliver a four-digit number of ZF‘s Group Rapid Transport shuttles to customers in the coming years.
ZF has expanded a strategic agreement with Oceaneering. As part of this partnership, Oceaneering will receive the license for the production and exclusive sales rights of ZF’s GRT shuttle. ZF’s GRT shuttle has 100 million autonomously driven kilometers in real traffic, more than 14 million passengers transported and an uptime performance of over 99 percent. The world considers it the most experienced autonomous transport system. Rivium implemented the 3rd generation of the GRT and set it in operation with unconditional release since 2022.
Strong partnership to be expanded
Oceaneering has been working with 2getthere, a ZF company, for more than 30 years. They have been collaborating in the design, development, and advancement of automated shuttle systems serving entertainment venues worldwide. With Oceaneering, ZF’s subsidiary 2getthere has had a partner on hand. They have been innovating in the field of guest transportation for theme parks and helping to enhance the visitor experience. Now, ZF and Oceaneering are expanding their current relationship, starting to bring autonomous shuttles to the U.S. market.
“This partnership is a logical and important step in the right direction towards our goal of a clean and safe mobility. It aims to automate, provide comfort, and remain affordable for everyone and everywhere. For shaping urban mobility of the future, autonomous shuttles are a key answer to reduce traffic. They also help decrease the number of vehicles and emissions,” says Alexander Makowski, Senior Vice President Product Line Autonomous Mobility at ZF.
“Leveraging our proven technology delivery expertise, Oceaneering can further build upon our three-decade-long relationship with ZF to offer complete. This integrated technology systems projects for our customers. With our state-of-the-art production, integration, and testing facilities, Oceaneering serves as the glue that brings whole projects together. Moreover, they ensure that they meet and deliver all customer requirements and regulations to expectations,” says Dave Mauck, Vice President and General Manager, Oceaneering Entertainment Systems.