ZF and Nvidia show “ZF coPILOT” – super brains for semi-automated driving

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Together with Nvidia, ZF has put together a new technology package that allows cars to take on more tasks themselves.

ZF coPilot is the name of a new driver assistance system that could provide more comfort and safety in semi-automated driving in the near future. The technology jointly developed by auto supplier ZF and chip expert Nvidia will be celebrating its premiere at Auto China in Shanghai (18 to 25 April). From 2021 on, it could be used in production vehicles.

The possibilities of coPilot should go beyond the performance of a typical level 2 technique. That’s why ZF speaks of a “Level 2 +” system based on artificial intelligence, Nvidia’s Drive platform and a 360-degree sensor set, which includes front radar, four corner radars and eight cameras In order to process the large amount of data and information, the centerpiece is a “ZF ProAI Gen2” central computer, which has an Nvidia Drive Xavier chip. The computer technology is flexible, scalable and seamlessly updatable, says ZF.

Especially when driving on the highway, the coPilot can support the driver more than currently available systems. In addition to the functions of a distance controller, for example, the assistant takes on or off motorways, actively changes lanes, overtakes vehicles in front and then reinserts them. The sensor technology has not only the environment of the vehicle, but at the same time the driver in view. This can be warned if it shows signs of tiredness or lack of concentration. The Arsenal also includes a route guidance, which recognizes, among other things, repetitive routes. The driver can also activate the assistance systems via voice control.

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