ZF to launch two lens camera for commercial truck market14 June 2019

ZF has announced that it has developed a two lens camera system, called Dual-cam, which will be available from next year as part of its ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) technologies.

Part of ZF’s S-Cam4 range, the Dual-cam is designed for the commercial truck market and combines with Mobileye’s EyeQ4 processor.

The Dual-cam, says ZF, will help to meet varying global regulatory requirements and delivers advanced functions such as traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist and centering, and object and pedestrian detection to enable automatic emergency braking.

“To help ensure these technologies work effectively on commercial trucks a second lens is necessary for some of these advanced functions,” says Dan Williams, head of ADAS and autonomy for ZF commercial truck applications.

“For example, for pedestrian AEB, in some instances a standard mono-camera with a 52-degree field can limit the ability to detect pedestrians or other vulnerable road users with enough time to actuate the brakes and help avoid or mitigate accidents for larger trucks in complex environments.”

A second lens also enables redundancy for Level2+ functions: if one lens becomes blinded or non-functional, the second lens helps to ensure the camera can still operate due to multiple optical paths.

The system suits a range of vehicle types and windscreen angles. When combined a full suite of ZF’s ADAS technologies, such as forward looking and corner radar, automated functions such as lane change assist, and traffic jam assist are enabled. These functions can form the basis for technologies such as truck platooning.

ZF plans to launch an advanced ADAS system for a major Japanese vehicle manufacturer in 2020. This will also be the first launch for ZF’s image processing module, where camera images are processed in a separate unit from the camera housing.

Laura Cork

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