ZF Advances Safety Technologies For Commercial Vehicles

Abhijeet Singh
09 Jul 2024
11:33 AM
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The new ADAS system uses a combination of sensors and cloud-based data to estimate road friction, improving vehicle control under various conditions.

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ZF is pushing the envelope of safety in commercial vehicles with its latest advancements in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). With the industry's most comprehensive product portfolio, ZF offers everything from individual components to complete system solutions, all aimed at meeting the latest General Safety Regulation (GSR) standards. ZF’s ability to integrate technologies across different divisions allows for continuous innovation in safety systems, particularly in ADAS.

The new ADAS features from ZF include a highway assist system with automatic lane change capabilities. Another significant innovation is the Truck-Trailer-Link, which supports next-generation safety systems for truck-trailer combinations, providing 360° high-resolution monitoring around the entire vehicle.

ZF’s ADAS technologies are equipped with advanced software and algorithms that assess potential hazards around the vehicle. These intelligent systems can detect driver drowsiness or inattentiveness and determine the necessary actions, warnings, or interventions required to ensure safety.

The suite of GSR ADAS technologies includes a range of intelligent systems that combine sensors, software, and automatic braking. These systems use cameras and radars to detect obstacles, vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, even in blind spots. They also monitor speed signs and lane markings, ensuring compliance with traffic regulations. Additionally, tyre pressure monitoring systems ensure tyres are properly inflated, reducing the risk of blowouts.

ZF’s Highway Assist Lane Change (HALC) system is a notable advancement, designed to prevent collisions during lane changes. This system utilises the latest braking and steering platforms, such as OnGuardMAX, mBSP XBS, and ReAX, along with a cabin camera that monitors driver attentiveness. The system ensures that all necessary checks are performed before allowing a lane change, issuing alerts if conditions are not met.

Another feature is the Friction Adapted ADAS, which uses sensors and cloud-based data to estimate road conditions and traction availability. This information is shared between vehicles to anticipate road conditions ahead, enhancing the performance of safety systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Antilock Braking Systems (ABS), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

ZF is also leading in trailer technologies with an advanced truck-trailer link. This system enables real-time high-speed data and image transfer, providing drivers with views of blind spots around the trailer through multiple side and reverse cameras. The system supports advanced reversing assistance with automatic braking, ensuring safer manoeuvring of large commercial vehicles.

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