ZF develops first three-lens forward facing ADAS camera
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ZF joined forces in 2018 with Intel’s Mobileye to provide the S-Cam4 family of advanced cameras to a major automotive OEM—representing the largest automotive camera contract in ZF’s history. Now, the company has built on that foundation with the Tri-Cam. The latest addition to the ADAS S-Cam4 product family is a forward facing ADAS (advanced driver-assistance system) smart camera is said to improve upon performance and redundancy of other cameras—both being critical customer requirements in the driver assistance space. The Tri-Cam’s three-lens design, a first for the automotive market, includes lenses for a standard 52-degree field-of-view (FoV), a telephoto 28-degree FoV, and a fish-eye 150-degree FoV. A compact and flexible mechanical design is said to make it the smallest multi-lens smart camera currently on the market and applicable to a variety of vehicle types with differing windshield angles. The unique combination extends long-range object detection and recognition from 150 m (490 ft) up to 300 m (980 ft); provides mid-range sensing to achieve five-star safety ratings and comply with global safety regulations and mandates; and enhances short-range object classification of pedestrians and cyclists. The sensing enhancements allow for smoother vehicle control and improved experience for driver assistance functions. The melding of ZF’s ADAS product design knowledge and vehicle control expertise with Mobileye’s EyeQ4 chip and computer vision algorithms enables the Tri-Cam to support a broad menu of future functionality including aspects of automated driving. For those applications, data fusion can be performed within the module, allowing for further performance enhancements if customers choose to combine Tri-Cam with other sensor technology such as radar and LiDAR.
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