ZF has unveiled the Smart Camera 6 – its next generation of cameras designed to advance the development of automated driving and safety solutions for highways and urban environments.
The new camera offers a 120-degree field of view, an eight-megapixel image resolution (four times higher than the previous generation), and greater processing power for advanced system functions. It utilizes the latest generation EyeQ6 processor from Mobileye and can be updated over-the-air – adding new features and enhancing system performance over its life cycle. It is also fully ASIL B compliant, supporting system architectures to deliver high-level functional safety standards and meet the specific requirements of global OEMs.
Alongside the announcement of Smart Camera 6, ZF revealed its latest Image Processing Module system. Referred to as IPM 6, the system utilizes the EyeQ6 processers featured in the camera and is scalable from a single satellite camera input through to 12 satellite camera inputs – as well as multiple radar, ultrasonic, or LiDAR sensors. This capability enables its broad feature set – including AEB and Pedestrian AEB, VACC, camera/radar fusion, 3D surround view, standard and advanced driver and interior monitoring solutions, e-mirror and the integration of ZF ADAS and/or OEM algorithms (supporting full-featured driving functionality from L2/L2+ to L3), and automated parking.
For ZF customers, IPM-based systems pose several benefits – including the ability to reduce the number of discrete ECUs for ADAS and automated driving systems, enhance vehicle-level software testing and validation, reduce system weight, and simplify the assembly process. They also employ black-box software integration and are AUTOSAR compliant, cybersecure capable, and utilize ethernet / CAN interfaces.
While a release date for its new products has not yet been revealed, ZF expects both the Smart Camera 6 and the IPM 6 to be production-ready in 2025.