ZF releases mid-range radar to improve autonomous driving capabilities

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Technology provider ZF has released a mid-range radar to upgrade the autonomous driving capabilities of its coASSIST semi-automated system, found on the Dongfeng Aeolus Yixuan MAX vehicle. The technology will be utilized further to support advanced ADAS safety functions and other next-generation systems.

The 77GHz front radar meets 2022+ Euro NCAP 5-Star Safety Ratings and is scalable to meet the differing needs of OEMs. It features three operation modes depending on the speed of the vehicle.

The highest resolution mode used at a short range at low speeds supports pedestrian automatic emergency braking (AEB) features, while long-range object detection at a higher speed can enhance adaptive cruise control (ACC) functions.

“Mid-range radar is an important part of the ZF radar portfolio due to its performance and flexibility characteristics at competitive cost,” commented Christophe Marnat, executive vice president, ZF Electronics and Advanced Driver Assist Systems division.”

“It is a critical component of the fusion systems in the ZF portfolio that, together with other environmental sensors such as camera and lidar, enables driving functions like Traffic Jam and Highway Driving Assist and automated parking functions such as Automated Valet Parking.”

Through a combination of the forward-facing object recognition camera (a ZF S-Cam 4.8) and the latest mid-range radar, the coASSIST system on the Aeolus Yixuan MAX can efficiently detect pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, and other objects in busy urban environments early on in driving scenarios to provide sensor data for carrying out advanced safety and semi-automated driving capabilities.

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