A global supplier of automotive cameras with its North American headquarters in Northville Township has launched its new vision technology, which will be included on the Nissan Rogue in the U.S. and is among the first cameras to offer a 100-degree horizontal field of view.
ZF, which is based in Germany, has launched its S-Cam4.8 with enhanced vision technology from Mobileye, an Intel company in Israel.
The camera represents another step in meeting future Euro NCAP 5-Star Safety Ratings and IIHS Top Safety Pick+ requirements as well as general safety regulations that require increasingly stringent test protocols for safety critical systems.
“The S-Cam 4.8 will offer ZF customers the opportunity to further refine systems like automatic emergency braking for pedestrians and cyclists while offering best-in-class lane keeping system performance,” says Christophe Marnat, executive vice president and general manager of the electronics and ADAS division at ZF. “It will also offer the prospect of more semi-automated driving convenience functions like highway driving and traffic jam assist, and ZF can provide these technologies across the full spectrum of light vehicles.”
ZF and Mobileye, longtime partners, design, develop, and deliver advanced camera systems based on Mobileye’s EyeQ4 processor for advanced object recognition technology. ZF incorporates the technology in its S-Cam camera family, which also includes an industry-first premium three lens Tri-Cam4 version to support advanced semi-automated driving functions, adding a telephoto lens for improved long-distance sensing capabilities and a fish-eye lens for improved short-range sensing with a wider field of view.
“Mobileye continues to lead the industry as it transitions towards wider FOV (field of view) cameras which enhance the capacity of automatic emergency braking to address a wider range of scenarios where objects are crossing into the car’s path or where the car is turning,” says Tomer Baba, vice president for sensing algorithms at Mobileye. “The wider FOV also allows lane-keeping and lane-centering applications to better handle sharp curves.”
ZF supplies more than a dozen vehicle manufacturers globally with advanced driver assistance systems sensor technologies including front-facing cameras, mid- and full-range radar, and LiDAR.
The company supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and industrial technology. It acquired Wabco Holdings Inc. on May 29 and now has 160,000 employees worldwide with about 260 locations in 41 countries.