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ZF acquires mobility provider 2getthere

2getthere has more than three decades of experience in the market for autonomous passenger transport vehicles as well as unique engineering and software competences.

ZF acquires mobility provider 2getthere

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has acquired a 60 percent share of 2getthere B.V. The company offers complete automated transport systems and is located in Utrecht/Netherlands, with offices in San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. Applications range from driverless electric transport systems at airports, business and theme parks to dedicated urban transport infrastructures. With this strategic investment, ZF is executing its Next Generation Mobility strategy to strengthen its foothold in the Mobility as a Service and automated guided vehicle growth markets, and complements its existing activities.

“2getthere has more than three decades of experience in the market for autonomous passenger transport vehicles as well as unique engineering and software competences. This acquisition supports our strategy to become a leading autonomous transportation systems supplier in the booming new mobility market”, said Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chairman of the Board of Management at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. With its strategic investment, ZF is strengthening its position in the growth markets of Mobility-as-a-Service solutions, autonomous transport systems, and shared autonomous vehicles. The majority stake in 2getthere complements ZF’s existing investments and co-operations, such as the e.GO Moove, a joint venture with e.GO Mobile AG, which targets the production of the e.GO Mover autonomous minibus, as well as Transdev, a leading operator and global provider of integrated mobility solutions.

Enabling growth and accelerating development

2getthere was founded in 1984. Since then 2getthere accumulated more than 100 million kilometers of autonomous mileage with driverless passenger and cargo transport systems in several major cities worldwide, including Rotterdam, Abu Dhabi and Singapore, as well as numerous ports and airports. 2getthere’ s driverless systems, in revenue service at business park Rivium (Capelle aan den IJssel) and Masdar City (Abu Dhabi) have transported more than 14 million people, fully electric and reliable. The reliability of the systems installed by 2getthere, including vehicle controls and software architecture, exceeds 99.7 percent.

“The market for driverless electric transport systems is developing dynamically. We want to continue to lead the market and the involvement of ZF is helping us to realize our growth plans, accelerate our technology roadmap and provide the required security for new and existing customers,” said Carel C. van Helsdingen, founder and CEO of 2getthere. “The technological cooperation with ZF will support 2getthere’s work for the delivery of mixed traffic applications like Rivium and Brussels Airport.” Looking at the past three years alone, the company’s revenue has increased by 60 percent.

Developing technologies for autonomous transport

In the future, ZF and 2getthere will closely work together to further develop technologies for autonomous transport systems.
“We have developed into a complete systems supplier for automated functions and we are therefore in a perfect position to support 2getthere. We can deliver electric drivelines, solutions for sensor technology, high performance computing, and actuators for all levels of automated applications,” explained Scheider. Conversely, ZF will also benefit from the vast field experience of the Dutch company and its extensive engineering and software competences when it comes to configuring and implementing complete autonomous transport systems. 2getthere’s engineering and software development teams in Utrecht are expected to grow significantly over the next years, approximately doubling the current 60 employees.

The two companies agreed not to disclose the transaction volume.

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Business Development Manager

2getthere is looking for a business development manager to represent 2getthere, engage the market and close deals for permanent applications

Description

We are growing and expanding! Are you experienced and successful in complex B2B sales and ready to be part of the future? Do you want to join an eager sales team, realize high value, international and complex transit systems and help 2getthere to maintain its position of market leader in autonomous transit systems?

The Business Development Manager we are looking for is responsible for finding, following up and closing new projects. You work together closely with your sales colleagues and the sales engineers to convert opportunities into contracts, actively participating in the design of the transit system to ensure the solution provided meets and exceeds the requirements of the customer. Given the typical sales cycle, you build relationships with the customer, the stakeholders and the project partners. You maintain your network in the market, forming an understanding and trust with companies typically involved early in the process on the customer side. You are strategically strong and comfortable in discussions with C level contacts, seeing and recognizing opportunities where others don’t and have a strong focus on your projects in combination with a ‘never give up’ attitude.

Job Duties

In order for the Business Development Manager to perform as expected, he/she shall have the responsibility to:
– set up a strategic sales plan for your focus area
– deliver on the plan and sales targets defined
– actively support colleagues to bring leads further
– generate new leads from your network and events
– convert leads to contracts through a well defined and
   executed strategy for each case
– collaboration closely with engineering and management
– negotiate terms and conditions for new project and business
   opportunities with clients and partners
– build and maintain contacts with market stakeholders
– keep track of the market, competition and trends
– work with the marketing and communications coordinator for
   the positioning of the company in the market
– keep track of the market demand of technological solutions
– be actively involved in tenders, setting the strategy, pricing
   and conditions as well as writing documents
– engage new potential projects through presenting at
   conferences and seminars
– be actively involved in creating new marketing activities

Your skills and expertise:

– Bachelor’s degree or higher working- and competence level
– Affinity with Mobility and Public Transit, Technology and
   Engineering and Sustainability
– Experience >6 Years with international B2B sales of
   complex systems
– Experience in consultative selling
– In-depth knowledge of sales and business development
   strategies and techniques
– Experience with tenders, successful track record
– Must be able to write/describe concepts, excellent writing
   skills in English
– Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
– Strategic view, accurate and analytical
– Good understanding of cultures and people
– Experienced with giving presentations to larger audiences
– Excellent communication skills
– Fluent in English
– Ability to frequently travel internationally
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to stand out:

‒ Proven track record of selling large transit systems
   (automated people movers, trams, monorails)
‒ Experience with leading tender responses
‒ A strong network within Cities, Airports, Public transit
   operators and/or consultants
‒ Experience with Jira and Confluence
‒ Fluent Dutch and/or other languages

Our offer:

‒ A dynamic working environment in a fast growing
   organization and market
‒ An international environment; we are active in Europe,
   the Middle East, Northern America and South-East Asia
   and have colleagues from 10 countries.
‒ A company that is flexible, has a no nonsense mentality and
   where having an opinion is appreciated
‒ Challenging projects and the support of experienced
   colleagues
‒ A competitive compensation package

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Systems Integration/Embedded Software Engineer

2getthere is looking for a Systems Integration Engineer/Embedded Software Engineer to continuously improve the algorithmic and computational performance

Description

2getthere has a long history of delivering autonomous transit systems. Due to an increasing amount of projects and leads we have a job opening for a systems integration/embedded software engineer that can reinforce the team and support the various activities needed to realize these innovative systems. As a R&D systems integration engineer/embedded software engineer, you will be part of a cross functional team and work closely together with experts in the field of perception and cooperative driving on R&D projects to contribute to the enhancement of technology.

Job Duties

– Work on our autonomous platforms, improving their function
– Direct support of our R&D activities and projects
– Support porting, integration and optimization of new
   features and software into high-end embedded controllers
– Support activities in embedded software development cycle
– Work on areas such as perception, vehicle ego-motion,
   sensor self-calibration mapping and localization using
   various sensor modalities (Radar, Camera, LIDAR,
   GPS/INS)
– Solidifying existing algorithms and working with large
   amounts of real and synthetic data to continuously
   improve the algorithmic and computational performance

Your skills and expertise:

– BSc/MSc in Robotics, Computer Engineering, Computer
   Science, Embedded Systems or relevant studies
   (Masters degree preferred)
– 0~2 years professional software development experience
– Strong skill-level developing software for embedded
   devices using C/C++, Python
– Fluency with Linux development environments
– Comfortable with the standard development tools such as
   versioning tools (Git, SVN) and built process and validation
   automation tools (CMake, Jenkins)
– Experience with embedded systems and microcontrollers
– Ability to clearly communicate on technical topics with
   non-technical colleagues and across levels in company
– Curiosity to learn new skills and also to find solutions
   to complex problems
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to stand-out:

Strong pluses are:
– Experience implementing algorithms in Robotics,
   Computer Vision and/or Machine Learning
– Experience with ROS/Matlab-Simulink/OPEN CL/PCL
– Familiarity with sensors GPS/IMU/Camera/LiDAR/
   Radar/Ultras

Our offer:

We offer you a position as Systems Integration/Embedded Software Engineer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are competitive and based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Path Planning/Situational Awareness Engineer

2getthere is looking for a Path planning/Situational awareness engineer to plan our routes moving forward in a dynamic environment with mixed traffic

Description

2getthere has a long history of delivering autonomous transit systems. Due to an increasing amount of projects and leads we have a job opening for an experienced Path planning/Situational awareness engineer that can reinforce the team and support the various activities needed to realize these innovative systems. As a path planning/situational awareness engineer, you will be part of a cross functional team and work closely together with experts in the field of perception and cooperative driving on R&D projects to contribute to the enhancement of technology.

Job Duties

You will:
– work in a small R&D team meeting the overall targets
– develop and implement path planning algorithms for
   autonomous vehicles prove correct behaviour via
   analysis and documentation
– solidify algorithm designs using real data and help
   improve the quality of algorithmic results
– collaborate with different teams to understand the input and
   output signals (interfaces) ensure the design is aligned
   with other elements of the system, minimize inefficiencies,
   latency and improve performance
– work with the companies processes ensuring documentation
   and traceability are provided for every step

Your skills and expertise:

– PhD or MS (preferably with experience) in:
   – CS/CE/EE/ME/Robotics or equivalent
   – focus on Motion/Path Planning or related field
– Strong knowledge of:
   – configuration spaces
   – planning techniques (A*, D*, RRTs, PRMs, Convex
      programming, Probabilistic Planning, etc.)
– Communication skills (English)
– Highly skilled in motion planning and control theory
– Experience with programming and algorithm design
– Experience with model design (matlab/simulink)
– Knowledge in RT issues and dependencies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to stand out:

– C programming/debugging skills, C++ proficiency
– Experience in path planning development for
   autonomous vehicles
– Familiarity with ROS
– Experience with software engineering tools and linux
   environment (e.g., Git, CMake, CI, gdb,etc)

Our offer:

We offer you a position as path planner/situational engineer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are comptitive and based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Machine Learning/Software Engineer

2getthere is looking for a Machine learning/Software Engineer with a desire to work on automated and autonomous vehicle technologies for applications around the globe

Description

2getthere has a long history of delivering autonomous transit systems. Due to an increasing amount of projects and leads we have a job opening for a machine learning/software engineer that can reinforce the development team and support the various activities needed to deliver these innovative systems. As a machine learning/software engineer, you will be part of a cross functional team and work closely together with experts in the field of perception and cooperative driving on R&D projects to contribute to the enhancement of technology.

Job Duties

You will be responsible for:
– Designing, implementing, monitoring and maintaining our
   machine learning systems that run on our vehicles
– Design, prototype, engineer, test, release and launch cutting
   edge perception features for autonomous driving
– Develop machine learning algorithms for supervised
   learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning and active
   learning
– Build and own production ML models, pipelines and
   runtimes

Your skills and expertise:

– PhD or MS in computer science, machine learning,
   computer vision or related fields or equivalent practical
   experience
– 2~5 years professional experience with probabilistic
   machine learning, computer vision or deep learning
– Strong skill-level developing software using C/C++, Python
– Comfortable with the standard development tools such as
   versioning tools (Git, SVN) and built process & validation
   automation tools (CMake, Jenkins)
– Ability to clearly communicate on technical topics with
   non technical colleagues and across levels in organization
– Curiosity to learn new skills and also to find solutions to
   complex problems
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to stand-out:

You have:
– Designed and trained models for various aspects of
   autonomous driving such as perception
– Experience developing complex software systems
– Scaling to millions of users with production quality
   deployment, monitoring and reliability
– Experience with ROS or another robotics framework
– Experience in working in agile development teams
– Enjoy reading academic papers and implementing
   experimental systems

Our offer:

We offer you a position as Machine learning/Software Engineer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are competitive relative to your knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
Apply now
 

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TOMS Supervisory System Developer

2getthere is looking for a software developer anxious to work with the latest technologies to further improve the best supervisory system available for autonomous vehicles

Description

TOMS (Transit Operations Monitoring and Supervision), one of our flagship products based on 25+ years’ experience monitors and controls the daily operations of the transit systems deployed by 2getthere. Among the functionalities offered by TOMS are fleet control, traffic control (collision avoidance and deadlock prevention), order management, order dispatching, route planning, vehicle control, fleet load balancing to assure service level targets and system logging/reporting. TOMS’ architecture consists of a set of distributed services and apps and HTML5 web apps communicating over web sockets. It has been designed to be robust, scalable, extendible, and flexible.

You’ll be member of an experienced team of software developers. You will also work intensively together with our product manager, test manager and customer project managers.

Job Duties

– Set-up/configuration of supervisor software
– Enhance TOMS functionality by project extensions
– Contribute to product and project quality
– Enable continuous development, delivery, and testing
– Configure existing TOMS software to projects
– Extend business logic rules and hardware interfaces
– Document customer software configuration
– Design and implement unit and integration tests
– Design and implement device simulators
– Advise and support project- and commissioning engineers
– Document and share knowledge

Your skills and expertise:

– Education level bachelor or master in technical direction
– 1-3 years’ work experience in software engineering
– Experience with scripting languages (Javascript, Python)
– Knowledge of the entire application development lifecycle
– Experience frameworks (Moocha, Python’s UnitTest)
– Experience networking and protocols (CAN, Modbus,
   MQTT)
– Experience version management tooling (GIT, SVN,
   Jenkins)
– Some experience with Linux

It would be great if you also have experience or affinity with:
– containerized software deployment (CoreOS, Docker)
– mechatronic systems
– Internet of Things (hobby) projects
– Production rule system
– Analytics and reporting tools
– Implementing business critical applications

Your characteristics:

– Able to act as system admin, tester and developer
– Communicative, in spoken word and in writing
– Self-reliant with hands-on mentalit
– Analytical: a log file is not the same a bug report
– Hardy spirit: the last 20% takes 80% of the effort

Our offer:

We offer you a position as software developer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are market conform and based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
Apply now
 

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Autonomous Shuttles serving Brussels Airport last mile needs

Brussels Aiport

In 2015, Brussels Airport Company and De Lijn entered into a partnership with the intent to deploy self-driving shuttles at the airport. Further study and a tender between five different suppliers of autonomous vehicles ultimtely led to the choice for 2getthere. The project fits well with Brussels Airport drive to constantly study new possibilities of expanding their intermodal hub in sustainable manner. With the project Flanders is a pioneer: it will be the first permanent application (at an airport) without steward and on public roads.

Phased Introduction

The contract is divided into two phases. The first phase covers the development and thorough testing of the technology. In autumn 2019, 2getthere will be conducting the first vehicle tests at its testsite in Utrecht. Upon successful completion, the first self-driving bus will arrive at Brussels Airport in the beginning of 2020 for further test drives at the airport. Upon a positive evaluation of the first phase of testing, De Lijn and Brussels Airport Company can deploy the self-driving shuttle from 2021 onwards between the terminal and Brucargo.

De Lijn

The initiative for the project originated at De Lijn, the public transit company of Flanders. For the application Brussels Airport Company and De Lijn are sharing the project costs, with the go-ahead for the first phase given on April 20th, 2018. De Lijn is responsible for the costs associated with people who travel by public transport (De Lijn, MIVB, NMBS) to the airport. The airport operator will foot the costs for the transport of persons who come to the airport by other means of transport (staff, visitors or passengers).

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2getthere presents at World ITS Congress Bordeaux

Citymobil2Sjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer, 2getthere

[quote]“2getthere clearly leads in the industry in understanding certification of automated systems.”[/quote]

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World ITS Congress

At the upcoming World ITS Congress in Bordeaux, France (http://itsworldcongress.com/), 2getthere will be contributing to the see PR16 –  Certification of automated road vehicles for urban public transport.

The session is scheduled for Tuesday 6 October, 11:00 – 12:30 (HALL1 EXPO – Theatre 1). View full program here.

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Certification Automated Transit

This session will present views and recommendations for handling certification for automated road transport systems (as opposite to “autonomous car”). It will focus both on operational and infrastructural constraint and requirements. It will also consider system versus device-level testing/certification. Benefit of a global testing framework for vehicle and system suppliers as well as system operators and road/transport/urban authorities will be illustrated. The session will give the opportunity to discuss the question: which standards are needed? The speakers will provide a worldwide overview on the topic referring to specific projects (e.g. CityMobil2 WP26).

 

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2getthere presents at Eco-Mobility Conference, Kaohsiung

Eco-Mobility-ConferenceRobbert Lohmann, Chief Operations Officer, 2getthere

[quote]“Our systems are electrically driven and build to last, improving sustainability and liveability of cities.”[/quote]

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Ecomobility Conference

On September 24 Land Network and 2getthere presented at the 2015 Ecomobility Conference in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) sponsored by the Netherlands Trade and Innovation Office. The session included presentations from Ford, BASF and Blue Solutions (part of the French Bollore Group) and 2getthere. Obviously the local activities of 2getthere in Hsinchu attracted significant attention, resulting in a radio interview with  Taiwan’s only English radio channel ICRT.
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The presentation led to several direct contact with other local governments, which will be followed up by 2getthere’s agent Land Network. In one case the local government will visit with 2getthere in the Netherlands short term.

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Strategic Cooperation Agreement with SLTN extended

Eugene Tuijnman, Chief Executive Officer, SLTN Inter Access

[quote]”Working closely together with 2getthere, we see the growing global demand for this unique solution.”[/quote]

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Strategic Cooperation

Eugene Tuijnman, CEO of SLTN Inter Access and Carel van Helsdingen, CEO of 2getthere, reconfirmed their strategic cooperation agreement 5 years after the initial agreement. The cooperation concerns the realization of 2getthere’s innovative automated people mover systems, with SLTN Inter Access designing and providing the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) network.

The cooperation between SLTN Inter Access and 2getthere dates back to 2008, when the companies originally contracted for the design, realization and support of the ICT system for the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) application at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. 2getthere’s driverless systems are the first automated people movers operating on a flat road bed without any physical guidance (rail). Although they resemble autonomous cars closely, and even share technology, the systems (for now) still operate on a dedicated track to ensure throughput can be maintained. Thus far more than 1.4 million people have been transported using this PRT system.

Eugene Tuijnman: ‘Working closely together with 2getthere, we see the growing global demand for this unique solution. With our expertise in information and communication technology, our knowledge and expertise in supplying state-of-the-art and moreover very secure and reliable ICT systems, we know we make an important contribution to the systems realized by 2getthere.’
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Prospects on the horizon

The PRT system at Masdar achieves an up-time (system availability) of 99.96%,since 2008 up to now, underlining the stability of the system and related ICT infrastructure and design. From the perspective of 2getthere the continued cooperation was a logical step, indicates Carel van Helsdingen: ‘From the state-of-art ICT design and support during realization of the Masdar project to the responsiveness during operations, the cooperation with SLTN has been successful. Both parties speak the same language and know what to expect from each other, allowing us to concentrate on the project realization and getting the job done.’

At the signing of the reconfirmed cooperation, Eugene Tuijnman and Carel van Helsdingen expressed looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship for both companies. ‘There are several exciting global projects on the horizon and we look forward to signing contracts for them short term and delivering this innovative solution.’, indicated Carel van Helsdingen. The new GRT vehicle has been offered for applications in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Reactions from the market with regards to both the design and the capabilities have been very positive.

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