Autonomous vehicles need to reliably detect and identify other road users, road markings or traffic signs, even in harsh weather conditions or poor lighting. High-performance software for recognizing the vehicle environment plays a central role in this. With this requirement in mind, ZF recently acquired a 6% stake in South Korean software company StradVision, which is developing artificial intelligence-based vision processing technology for autonomous vehicles and ADAS systems.
“The partnership with StradVision considerably extends our autonomous driving perception and sensor fusion capabilities,” said Marc Bolitho, head of engineering at ZF’s Electronics and ADAS division. “Together with our sensors, middleware platform and high-performance computing solutions, this vision perception software expertise from StradVision can provide a key component of our environmental sensor fusion for shuttles, commercial and light vehicles that can be optimized for centralized electrical architectures.”
The StradVision software is stated to enable vehicles to detect and identify objects accurately, such as other vehicles, lanes, pedestrians, animals, free space, traffic signs and lights, even in harsh weather conditions or poor lighting.