ZF has launched Smart Camera 6, the latest version of its camera technology designed for use in automated driving and safety systems for urban and highway environments. This new camera features a 120-degree field of view and 8-megapixel image resolution, which is more than four times higher than the previous generation, as well as improved processing power for advanced functions.
The Smart Camera 6 also includes the latest EyeQ6 processor from Mobileye, an Intel company that specializes in vision-based systems and environmental perception. ZF has been working with Mobileye as a strategic supplier since 2008, when it first introduced its camera technology. The Smart Camera 6 is capable of receiving over-the-air updates to improve performance and add new functions, and it meets ASIL B compliance standards for functional safety and the specific requirements of global original equipment manufacturers.
ZF’s Image Processing Module systems, which are based on EyeQ6 processors, offer advanced features and functions for the automotive industry. These systems are scalable from a single satellite camera input to 12 inputs, as well as multiple radar, ultrasonic, or LiDAR sensors.
The Image Processing Module systems support a range of advanced driving functions including AEB and Pedestrian AEB, VACC, Camera/Radar Fusion, 3D surround view, Driver Monitoring, Interior Monitoring, e-Mirror, and integration of ZF ADAS and OEM algorithms. These systems are capable of supporting full-featured driving functionality from L2/L2+ to L3, advanced Driver and Interior Monitoring, and Automated Parking.
“We can offer systems that are focused on delivering popular functions such as Automatic Emergency Braking for safety and Highway Driving Assist for comfortable and effective ADAS functions through camera and radar-based systems and go beyond to deliver more sophisticated systems that require multiple sensor inputs,” said Jana Rosenmann, Head of the Electronics and ADAS Division for the ZF Group. “Our Image Processing Module-based systems can be configured to help meet the specific requirements of global OEMs and support multiple camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors.”
In addition to providing advanced features and functions, ZF’s Image Processing Module systems can also help reduce the number of discrete ECUs for ADAS/AD systems, improve vehicle-level software testing and validation, reduce system weight, and simplify the assembly process.
These systems use black-box software integration and are Autosar compliant, cybersecure capable, and utilize Ethernet/CAN interfaces. As a leading supplier of automated driving technologies ranging from Level 2/2+ systems to fully automated vehicles, ZF provides advanced ADAS sensor technologies, including front-facing cameras, advanced imaging radar, and satellite radar systems, to over a dozen vehicle manufacturers globally. These sensors help enhance vehicle safety and support semi-automated driving convenience functions such as Highway Driving and Traffic Jam Assist for a wide range of light vehicles.