Built entirely in-house, the electric vehicle isn't much of a looker but it comes loaded with innovative technology that promises to make the concept extremely efficient and maneuverable.

ZF has quietly introduced their new Smart Urban Vehicle concept.

Built entirely in-house, the electric vehicle isn't much of a looker but it comes loaded with technology that promises to make the concept extremely efficient and maneuverable.

Speaking of the latter, the concept has a "highly innovative" front axle which allows for steering angles of up to 75 degrees.  ZF says this "reduces the steering effort substantially during parking and turning maneuvers, and, in turn, increases the maneuverability."

The concept also has a Smart Parking Assist system which enables the car to automatically parallel or perpendicular park itself into virtually any open space.  In order to do this, the car has been equipped with twelve ultrasound sensors and two infrared sensors which can find an available parking space and then guide the car into it.

Interestingly, the car also has a PreVision Cloud Assist assistance system that uploads the car's route to the cloud.  As ZF explains, "If the driver follows the same route again, the system calculates the optimum speed for an approaching bend on the basis of these empirical data and actual vehicle data. The assistance function then throttles back the torque early on before entering the bend, to the point where the bend can be negotiated without any mechanical braking. All of which not only protects the vehicle's battery and braking system, but also provides greater safety particularly on blind corners."

ZF was coy on performance specifications but confirmed the concept has two electric motor that each produce 54 PS (40 kW).  This setup enables the car to hit a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).

Check out the press release for additional information

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ZF introduces their Smart Urban Vehicle concept