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Level 2+: Semi-automated Driving for Everyone

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Level 2+ semi-automated driving systems can help enhance safety and comfort in passenger cars. With its comprehensive portfolio of intelligent advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), ZF offers solutions scalable to cost and functions desired.
Achim Neuwirth,
Achim Neuwirth has been writing for ZF since 2011. He has specialized in writing texts about all kinds of car-related topics: from vehicles to the technology behind them, to driving and traffic.
Would having a self-driving car parked at home in the garage represent the epitome of future mobility? This vision of the future makes some euphoric, others sceptical. Opinions also diverge internationally. The situation is different with advanced driver assistance systems. They are now largely established and acceptance is increasing.

This is underlined by a recent PwC's Digital Auto Report 2023: According to it, more than 80 percent of Germans and more than 70 percent of Americans are skeptical about autonomous vehicles, only in China does it look different. Here, over 80 percent stated that they would feel comfortable or rather comfortable in a fully self-driving vehicle.
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), on the other hand, are largely established. And acceptance continues to grow. For example, according to the PwC study, around 50 percent of those surveyed classified traffic jam pilot and parking pilot as important on-demand functions. Significantly more than last year.
"In our estimation, autonomous driving after Level 4 or 5 will become established in the commercial vehicle segment initially, and urban passenger transport," said Torsten Gollewski, Head of Autonomous Mobility Systems at ZF. Self-driving shuttles, for example, can supplement existing urban public transport services and help to better connect rural areas to cities.
Safety and comfort advantages at an affordable price: ZF launched the coASSIST with Dongfeng Motor in China.

Many cars can afford the added value of Level 2+

Many cars can afford the added value of Level 2+

For passenger cars, ZF relies on intelligent assistance functions, so-called Level 2+ systems. For drivers, Level 2+ can provide tangible comfort benefits. Lane centering control, adaptive cruise control, and other features are intelligently connected with each other to allow drivers to briefly take their hands off the wheel and feet off the pedals in certain situations. The ZF system goes beyond the functionality of a regular Level 2 system, and the driver always remains responsible for monitoring the surroundings and should be prepared to intervene at any time.

ZF offers an entire range of Level 2 + systems, including ZF coASSIST, ZF coDRIVE, and ZF coPILOT, each with increasing functionality (see videos below). The cost-effective coASSIST has already been launched with Dongfeng in China. coDRIVE will also be launched in China.