Occupant safety a focus for Faurecia and ZF partnership
Developing interior and safety technologies for autonomous vehicles, including the “Cockpit of the Future,” is the aim of the strategic partnership announced by ZF and Faurecia. The two companies, both systems suppliers for cars and trucks, said that this advanced engineering partnership will identify and develop innovative safety and interior solutions linked to different potential occupant positions.
Said Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia, "Our strong combined customer intimacy and our common vision will enable us to provide a unique technology offer ensuring the safety of the vehicle occupants in various autonomous driving use cases."
"Together we will be stronger,” added Dr. Stefan Sommer, CEO of ZF. “Vehicle electrification and autonomous driving need innovative active and passive safety technologies to become a success."
The collaboration will be based on shared expertise and competencies and will involve no capital exchange. Both companies will also continue to work independently on current and upcoming projects.
Highly flexible and comfortable interiors which still offer the highest active and passive safety will be the key motivators for the adoption of different interior configurations. The seats, in particular, will integrate a significant part of the safety devices, enabling them to swivel and recline or allow an efficient return to driving mode.
"Our customers will benefit greatly from this partnership,” said Koller. “Together, we can offer complete interior safety features to meet the future challenges which will allow the interior of the future to be safe, connected, versatile, and predictive."