FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany/LAS VEGAS – Automated driving (AD) for personal passenger vehicles continues to be an important advancement in the quest toward Zero Accidents. ZF is concentrating on Level 2+ semi-automated systems that deliver advanced safety and convenience functions – and along with its partners has developed the most affordable Level 2+ system in the industry.
ZF’s coASSIST is the first step into the modular Level 2+ hardware and software suite and highlights ZF’s capabilities as the full system supplier. From 2020, ZF will equip production vehicles with this new system for a major Asian Manufacturer.
ZF sees so-called Level 2+ semi-automated driving systems as a pragmatic and feasible approach to help enhance safety and comfort in passenger cars. By combining an advanced sensor suite including cameras and radars with a central electronic control unit, functions such as adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane change assist, lane keeping assist and traffic jam support are enabled.
ZF’s coASSIST system offers drivers significant comfort and safety benefits at a price well under $1,000 US dollars – while meeting projected Euro NCAP 2024 test protocols and delivering popular Level 2+ functions. It will be in production with a major Asian manufacturer by the end of 2020 utilizing the full ZF system including Mobileye’s EyeQ™. Following the initial start of production, the system will also introduce ZF’s first launch of its Gen21 Medium-Range Radar.
“At ZF we believe that Level 2+ systems that meet advanced safety test protocols and help relieve the stress on the driving task will be the primary driver for personal passenger vehicles in the near future and provide a platform to help identify, and then test and validate for unusual global road scenarios,” said Christophe Marnat, executive vice president for the ZF Electronics and Advanced Driver Assist Systems division.
Making these systems affordable is also important as it enables more market penetration and brings the system advantages to consumers more rapidly. This will also help them to acclimate to semi-automated functions as the driver is always in the loop.