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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

ZF Launches its Most Advanced Autonomous Emergency Braking System for Commercial Vehicles

ZF says it is preparing for volume production of its most advanced autonomous emergency braking assistance system in China. OnGuardMAX will be installed in new truck models by two leading Chinese manufacturers from this year. Sophisticated data integration with state-of-the-art camera and radar sensor helps the system autonomously detect, classify and react on moving and stationary vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. The system warns the driver of imminent collisions and, if necessary, can autonomously bring the vehicle to a complete stop. This advanced object detection and autonomous braking capability will further enable the new ZF system to help avoid or mitigate accidents involving pedestrians.

"Current orders and the start of volume production of our most advanced driver assistance system in China demonstrate the extensive capabilities of the expanded ZF Group following the acquisition of WABCO. Fully in line with our 'See. Think. Act' principles, ZF's OnGuardMAX system further reinforces our technology leadership in addressing commercial vehicle driver assistance and autonomous driving solutions," explained Wilhelm Rehm, Member of the Board of Management of ZF and responsible for Commercial Vehicle and Industrial Technology. "After the recent acquisition of WABCO as a "Perfect Match" for ZF, our strategy is already clearly bearing fruit."

In this integrated OnGuardMAX solution, ZF say that its sensor technology, software and actuators interact seamlessly. A high-performance image processing module analyzes information from its advanced radar sensor and high-resolution dual-lens camera. This is controlled by ZF software, which can activate the ZF-supplied brake system autonomously.

This innovative autonomous emergency braking system potentially provides an enormous boost towards road safety in everyday logistics. It can precisely detect and classify moving and stationary trucks, passenger cars, motorcycles and bicycles, warning the driver of an impending collision. Suppose the driver does not take appropriate corrective action. In that case, OnGuardMAX autonomously initiates emergency braking from speeds of up to 80 km/h and can bring the vehicle to a complete stop to help prevent a collision. The advanced autonomous emergency braking system also identifies pedestrians, for example, when the vehicle is driven through city centres. OnGuardMAX can also stop the vehicle from speeds of 20 km/h to help prevent such collisions with pedestrians. Additionally, OnGuardMAX offers other safety functions, including LDW (Lane Departure Warning) and ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control).

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