ZF expands development capacities for autonomous driving

November 24, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive tier one supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) is expanding its development capacities in the autonomous driving sector: As of December 1,2017, the 20 developers of IEE Sensing Germany GmbH, headquartered in Kösching, Bavaria, will be part of the ZF Group and - under the name "Zukunft Mobility" - will be assigned to the ZF’s subsidiary “Zukunft Ventures”.

IEE Sensing Germany GmbH specialises in the development of functions in the areas of driver assistance, integral vehicle safety and autonomous driving. The 20 employees are mainly computer scientists, physicists and software developers with many years of experience in the automotive industry. They are concerned with the development of these future functions, especially in the areas of sensor and software development as well as simulation and test procedures, and bring them to series production maturity. They also make use of their many years of experience in the field of artificial intelligence.

“The expansion of our capacities and expertise in software and algorithm development is very important for ZF in order to be able to offer our customers intelligent mechanical systems," says ZF CEO Stefan Sommer. “With the developers of IEE Sensing Germany GmbH we have gained an experienced and competent team, with whom we will work together on the automotive future. In the chain of effects 'See - Think - Act' we strengthen the field of 'Think', i. e. the intelligent linking of what we perceive and the deduction of the right conclusions from it."

ZF will focus on the development of functions, systems and algorithms for automated and autonomous driving, such as the environment detection of vehicles or functions for automated parking processes. A further focus is on data fusion in order to merge, process and generate control signals from information from various sensors and from car-to-X communication. With the new location, ZF will also have direct access to the A9 motorway test field, where it will be able to test autonomous driving in real traffic.