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ZF targets driver assistance, semi-autonomous driving

Posted: 03 Jul 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ZF Friedrichshafen  driver assistance  semi-autonomous driving  HDLE  TRW Automotive 

Soon after acquiring TRW Automotive, ZF Friedrichshafen has gained a clear course towards the automotive electronics business. With the takeover of software developers from Halla DAS Lab Europe (HDLE) GmbH, ZF grabs technology competence in the field of driver assistance systems and semi-autonomous driving.

HDLE is an engineering services company with focus on software for driver assistance, based in Amtzell (Germany). The software developer team acquired from HDLE with a headcount of 50 will be integrated into ZF's corporate R&D activities, the company announced. The acquisition includes a number of test vehicles along and related IP. According to ZF's F&E board member Stefan Sommer, the team has significant experience in developing driver assistance systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

In particular, the transaction is intended to strengthen the surround view technology where cameras monitor the surroundings of the vehicle. The images are then stitched together, offering a virtual top-view image displayed on a screen. This enables drivers to detect potentially hazardous situations earlier; in particular bicycles and pedestrians in the blind spot can be registered. In addition, the technology supports drivers when backing up.

As recently as May 15, ZF has completed the acquisition of TRW automotive. The former TRW has been integrated into the ZF group as "Active and Passive Safety Division."

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times

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