Source: StradVision announcement

SEOUL & FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — StradVision, an AI-based vision processing technology company for autonomous vehicles (AV) and ADAS (advanced driver-assist systems), announced technology company ZF has acquired a six-percent stake in StradVision to expand the portfolio of automated driving perception software.

“We are proud to count ZF as one of our strategic investors,” said Junhwan Kim, CEO at StradVision. “Together with the global mobility specialist ZF, we will strive to speed up the market for autonomous driving with leading perception solutions.”

“The partnership with StradVision considerably extends our autonomous driving perception and sensor fusion capabilities,” said Marc Bolitho, head of Engineering of the Electronics and ADAS division at ZF Group. “Together with our sensors, middleware platform and high-performance computing solutions, this vision perception software expertise from StradVision can provide a key component of our environmental sensor fusion for shuttles, commercial and light vehicles that can be optimized for centralized electrical architectures.”

A SAFE EYE ON THE VEHICLE’S ENVIRONMENT

StradVision’s SVNet software allows vehicles to accurately detect and identify objects — such as other vehicles, lanes, pedestrians, animals, free space, traffic signs, and lights — even in harsh weather conditions or poor lighting. 

The software relies on deep learning-based perception algorithms, which requires a relatively small amount of memory and has low power consumption. The software supports a wide variety of hardware platforms and can also be customized and optimized for other hardware systems.

The StradVision software is currently used in high-volume models of ADAS and autonomous driving vehicles.

ZF AS SYSTEM PROVIDER FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

Autonomous driving and vehicle software are among the strategic technology fields within the ZF product portfolio. ZF’s AD system solutions for the automotive and mobility sectors include high-performance computers such as the ZF ProAI, automotive software supporting ADAS and AD functions, sensors like camera, radar and LiDAR, and smart actuators.