To lead camera technology into the new age, ZF is developing the latest generation of the company-own S-Cam as well as a TriCam, three independent cameras in one housing, each of which acts independently with different ranges up to a distance of 300 meters and then bundles the information.
“Cameras for cars are not like typical cameras," says Robin Finley. "They must meet high levels of functional safety and be able to operate in all conditions." Finley is head of the English ZF plant in Peterlee near Sunderland, one of three ZF plants worldwide to specialize in the production of these cameras.
In the northeast of England, 904 employees produce around 33,000 units of the current camera generation S-Cam 3, consisting of 420 individual parts and able to warn drivers of collisions as well as maintain the distance to the vehicle ahead whilst keeping the vehicle in the middle of the lane.