ZF launches coASSIST Level 2+ automated driving system
ZF announced that it is concentrating on Level 2+ semi-automated systems that deliver advanced safety and convenience functions. ZF, along with its partners, has developed what the company claims is the most affordable Level 2+ system in the industry. The company states that the coASSIST is the first step into the modular Level 2+ hardware and software suite and highlights ZF’s capabilities as the full system supplier.
According to the company, ZF sees 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 comfort and safety benefits at a price under $1000, while meeting projected Euro NCAP 2024 test protocols and delivering popular Level 2+ functions. It is expected to be in production with a 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 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.
ZF is the system integrator and offers a full range of L2+ systems including:
- ZF coASSIST – A Level 2+ solution designed to be cost effective and help OEMs meet Euro NCAP performance requirements while delivering the most popular Level 2+ ADAS functions utilizing Mobileye, an Intel Company, EyeQ technology.
- ZF coDRIVE – extends the functionality of traffic jam and highway driving support with 360° surround camera perception and the processing capability of Mobileye’s EyeQ technology enable automated lane changes and automatic overtaking.
- ZF coPILOT is designed for advanced computing power and processing scalability from Level 2+ up to Level 4 and is jointly developed with Nvidia. It offers functions like feet-free and hands-free operation, automated lane change and overtaking, automated garage parking, and route learning, and utilizes ZF’s ProAI controller.
“This full suite of offerings allows customers to choose the right level of functionality to assist in driving scenarios such as highway driving, traffic jams in urban or highway situations, driver initiated to automatic lane changes, and automated parking assistance. Following the launch of coASSIST this year, ZF’s full range of Level 2+ systems will be available in the following 1-3 years,” said Marnat.
For more information, visit www.zf.com.