Autonomous Driving ZF Allows Cars to See, Think, and Act

The technology company is paving the way for autonomous driving. After its acquisition of TRW, ZF now offers a unique technology portfolio for intelligent mechanics.

During its first appearance at CES in Las Vegas and using the slogan “Shaping the next decade ofautomated driving”, ZF will highlight its strengthened commitment to the megatrend of autonomousdriving since its acquisition of TRW. The company is in a unique market position to develop andsignificantly accelerate automated driving functionality of the future with its leading portfolio of sensors, intelligent control units, and actuators.

Automated driving requires more than just intelligent mechanics. The vehicle’s systems will also needcomprehensive, precise, and reliable information about the state of the driver. During highly automateddriving, where the driver will no longer have to monitor the system, he or she will remain responsible fortaking back control of the vehicle at any time when prompted. Driver monitoring is therefore a criticalpart of the development process – and one where ZF has a solid understanding. At CES, the companywill demonstrate the multi-faceted interaction between human and machine, with innovative concepts in the area of human-machine interface (HMI).

ZF TRW Test Vehicle with Highway Driving Assist

“In the coming decade, our technologies will decisively shape the path towards autonomous driving,” announces Dr. Stefan Sommer, ZF's CEO in the run-up to the CES 2016. Thanks to powerful sensors, complex electronic control units, and mechatronic systems, ZF’s technology is already enabling vehiclesto see, think, and act autonomously. According to Sommer, ZF intends to significantly strengthen itsexpertise in this area. “Our goal is to enable automated driving functions across all vehicle segments. Only through high market penetration can we make a real difference to overall road safety.”

Active safety systems are the basis for automated driving functions. These help protect passengers, drivers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users in emergency situations. Active safety systemsfrom ZF will enable automated functions in emergency situations such as automatic emergency brakingor emergency steering maneuvers. The next step is geared toward highway driving, with partial and fullyautomated drive functions set to considerably increase safety and comfort. ZF’s long-term goal is toalso increase safety in highly complex city traffic.

ZF believes that the initial potential of future urban mobility lies in intelligent networking, namely, interconnecting the chassis, driveline and driver assistance systems, as demonstrated in itselectricallypowered, cloud-connected Advanced Urban Vehicle that features partially automatedfunctionality. Thisprototype vehicle represents ZF's new competencies following its acquisition of TRW.

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