ZF Buys Imaging Specialist
ZF Friedrichshafen AG is acquiring 90% of Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH, a German developer of imaging software that ZF plans to integrate with its occupant restraint systems. Terms weren’t disclosed.
Founded in 1992, Simi Reality uses high-speed cameras to detect, monitor and analyze human movements. The company initially focused on systems for medicine and sports applications, but it has since expanded into automotive, entertainment and industrial markets.
Simi Reality’s imaging technology will help identify an occupant’s location within a vehicle. This will enable ZF to tailor airbag deployment to a passenger’s position, which the supplier notes will become increasingly important as seating positions change in vehicles that drive themselves.
Simi Reality currently has about 35 employees, most of whom are software engineers. Founder Andreas Russ is retiring in conjunction with the ZF acquisition. His sons Pascal and Philipp will head the business under ZF’s control.
The Lexus ES sedan is more than just an offering within the company’s lineup.
Although the RAV4 has plenty of heritage in the small crossover segment, competition has gotten a whole lot tougher, so Toyota has made significant changes to the fourth-generation model.
Effective management is a timeless skill—as demonstrated by this treasure of an article from the AutoBeat Group archive. Although the tools of the trade have changed and proliferated, the basics remain the same. Here are 8 old school (and just darn practical) rules for being an excellent manager.