ZF, Mobileye Launch New Camera Sensor
ZF Friedrichshafen AG is partnering with Intel Co.’s Mobileye unit on a new family of cameras that will be launched later this year for a variety of advanced driver-assist and semi-autonomous vehicle systems.
The partners say they have landed contracts with multiple carmakers across several vehicle platforms for the S-Cam4 and TriCam4 cameras. ZF describes one multi-year deal to start in 2019 as the largest for an automotive camera in the company’s history.
The S-Cam4 family includes a single lens, mono-camera designed to help meet updated testing protocols, including the latest European standards for automatic emergency braking triggered by pedestrians and crossing bicycles.
The three-lens TriCam4 model supports semi-automated driving functions by adding telephoto and fish-eye lenses for improved long- short-range sensing capabilities, respectively.
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.
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