ZF relies massively on AI for new ADAS platform: Page 2 of 2

April 12, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
ZF Demo car for coPILOT
With the "ZF coPILOT", ZF and Nvidia are presenting an intelligent driver assistance system at the Auto Shanghai motor show that should contribute to more comfort and safety in semi-automated driving.

In addition, the ZF coPILOT is equipped with sensors and functions that monitor the driver and issue warnings should safety risks arise. This is the case, for example, when the driver is distracted, his line of vision is too far away from the traffic, or he exhibits signs of fatigue.

The ZF sensor set in the demonstration vehicle consists of a front radar, four corner radars, and a total of eight cameras. Two of them are directed to the front and one to the rear, two cameras each are integrated in the side mirrors on the left and right, and one monitors the driver.

In order to be able to evaluate the flood of images and data from these sensors in real time, enormous computing power is required. This is the task of the central computer ZF ProAI Gen2, the heart of the ZF coPILOT: Equipped with a powerful and Nvidia DRIVE Xavier chip, ProAI can integrate and holistically control the pre-trained algorithms for all driver assistance functions. According to the manufacturer, the system is scalable and seamlessly updatable - if desired, automobile manufacturers can also add their own features and functions or those developed by ZF.

Since in many countries highly automated driving according to SAE Level 3 is not yet permitted, the ZF coPILOT is based on partially automated driving according to Level 2, which obliges the driver to permanently monitor the traffic environment, but is intended to relieve him of many routine tasks and increase safety.


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