LAS VEGAS -- ZF Group unveiled its next-generation autonomous shuttle at CES and said it aims to deploy thousands of them in the U.S.
The shuttle is designed for use on city roads with options for battery capacity of 50 or 100 kilowatt-hours, providing 80 miles (129 km) of pure electric range and a top speed of 25 mph. The interior can be customized and fits up to 22 people.
The shuttle is aimed at helping cities provide transit services even when demand is low — or to help them expand services in high-demand periods when there is a driver shortage, ZF said in a news release.
It will be fully autonomous, at SAE Level 4, meaning it is fully self-driving in most, but not all, conditions.
ZF partnered with Florida autonomous shuttle operator Beep to help bring the shuttle to market.
Beep, which manages autonomous shuttle fleets for communities and private companies, is examining "a number of possible sites and routes with both new and existing customers" for the ZF shuttle, according to a news release.
The companies said they are looking to deliver "several thousand" shuttles in the coming years.