ZF OnGuardMAX and OnSideALERT systems come to North America

A Nikola truck going down the road

ZF's OnGuardMAX and OnSideALERT systems will be offered on Nikola hydrogen fuel cell trucks, the first time the two driver assistance systems will be offered in North America.

"We're pleased to partner with Nikola to integrate these critical safety technologies into their new zero-emission truck and introduce innovative safety technology to the North American marketplace," says Dirk Wohltmann, director of engineering for the Americas, commercial vehicle solutions, ZF Group. "ZF technologies benefit from decades of continuous improvement and learning, and these technologies not only benefit customers, but the driver and road users. We're excited to see our technology on the road in the Nikola truck, as well as future vehicles." 

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OnGuardMAX is ZF's most advanced automatic emergency braking system with autonomous functionality for commercial vehicles. It is designed to assist drivers in recognizing and responding to possible dangerous traffic situations. The system uses data integration with a high-tech camera and radar suite to help it autonomously detect, classify and react to moving and stationary objects. It warns the driver of obstructions in the truck's immediate path and, if necessary, can automatically slow the vehicle down or bring it to a stop. 

OnSideALERT is a radar-based blind spot detection system that continuously identifies a wide variety of stationary and moving objects in a truck's blind spot. 

"Safety is of paramount importance to Nikola and our customers, and the ZF products, including the company's driver-assistance technologies, integrate well into our Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck platform," says Pedro Garcia, global head of product development for Nikola. "Nikola and ZF are recognized pioneers in our respective spheres, and it makes sense to come together to provide the best zero-emissions truck in the market." 

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