ZF market leader with over 50 million automotive cameras produced, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, press release

  • ZF breaks the 50 million mark in the production of modern cameras for customers worldwide – more than any other company in the industry
  • Technology group produced 10 million cameras in 2022 alone
  • ZF uses many years of expertise in the development of innovative camera technologies for advanced ADAS and AD systems

50 million: That’s how many cameras ZF has already produced for its customers around the world. The technology group announced this in advance of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. ZF alone produced 10 million of these in 2022 – a first in the industry. The world’s leading manufacturer of automotive cameras puts the know-how built up over many years into the development of advanced ADAS and AD systems and the necessary sensor set.

Marshall, Illinois (USA), Anting (China), Peterlee (Great Britain), Czestochowa (Poland) and recently also in the new plant in Monterrey (Mexico): ZF manufactures cameras in its production facilities all over the world. “We use state-of-the-art production and testing techniques at all ZF locations to ensure the quality and reliability of our cameras and congratulate our dedicated teams around the world on their excellent work,” says Jana Rosenmann, head of the ZF Electronics and Division Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). “ZF has been producing cameras for the automotive industry since 2008 and has become a global leader through the continuous development of design and manufacturing processes.”

The technology group and its long-time partner Mobileye design, develop and deliver advanced camera systems based on Mobileye’s EyeQ™ processors. ZF uses this technology in its innovative smart camera family, which also includes the TriCam 4, the industry’s first premium model with three lenses that supports semi-automated driving functions and with a telephoto lens for improved long-distance detection performance and a fisheye lens for improved close-up detection while also being broader field of view is equipped.

“This milestone reflects the work we’ve done together to improve the safety of drivers around the world through advanced driver assistance systems,” said Nimrod Nehushtan, Mobileye’s senior vice president of business development and strategy. “As our systems evolve to provide more driving responsibilities and become even smarter through cloud-based services and additional sensors, we know this collaboration will continue to provide technologies that vehicle owners will value for years to come.”

Smart Camera 4.8: earliest possible object detection
As one of the first front cameras, the Smart Camera 4.8 has a horizontal field of view of 100 degrees. This helps, for example, in tight bends in order to be able to identify oncoming objects as early as possible. The technology is therefore another important step towards meeting future safety regulations and receiving top marks in safety tests such as those from Euro NCAP (5 stars) or IIHS (Top Safety Pick+).

ZF is a leading provider of technologies for automated driving – from Level 2 and Level 2+ systems to automated transport systems. The technology group supplies more than a dozen vehicle manufacturers worldwide with advanced ADAS sensor technologies, including front cameras as well as modern imaging and satellite radar systems. ZF’s sensor portfolio thus enables automobile manufacturers to provide customers with the most advanced comfort functions in the passenger car sector – such as the motorway or traffic jam assistant – and to improve vehicle safety.

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