ZF TRW has unveiled its third generation video camera, the S-Cam 3, with production starting for the first time across four major global vehicle platforms.

The camera is launching on a number of compact C and D segment sedan, as well as crossover vehicles in Europe, North America and Asia through the end of 2015.

The supplier says the camera has six times the processing power of previous generation options, with the technology offering functions including traffic light detection, large animal and general object detection, as well as automatic emergency braking for pedestrians at night.

"The launch of our S-Cam 3 marks an important milestone in making active safety technology accessible to the mass market," said ZF TRW product planning, Andy Whydell.

"Cameras are widely recognised for their safety benefits and the SCam3 is now ASIL-B rated for improved functional safety performance.

"Now in its third generation, our video camera is a sophisticated, proven technology which can enable important Page 2/3, 2015-07-07 safety decisions and provide a strong base platform for active safety systems when combined with other sensors and actuators."

Show the press release

THIRD GENERATION VIDEO CAMERA FROM ZF TRW STARTS PRODUCTION ON FOUR MAJOR GLOBAL VEHICLE PLATFORMS

- S-CAM 3 STARTS PRODUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME ACROSS VARIOUS VEHICLE SEGMENTS WORLDWIDE

- OFFERS SIX TIMES THE PROCESSING POWER OF PREVIOUS GENERATION

- ENABLES KEY SAFETY FUNCTIONS INCLUDING TRAFFIC LIGHT DETECTION, LARGE ANIMAL AND GENERAL OBJECT DETECTION, AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING FOR PEDESTRIANS AT NIGHT, AND MORE

Jul 1, 2015

LIVONIA, Mich.July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ZF TRW, a division of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, has today announced that its third generation video camera, the S-Cam 3, is starting production for the first time across four major global vehicle platforms.

The camera is launching on a number of compact C and D segment sedan and crossover vehicles in EuropeNorth America and Asia through the end of 2015. Offering six times the processing power of previous generation cameras, the technology offers functions including traffic light detection, large animal and general object detection, and automatic emergency braking for pedestrians at night.

Andy Whydell, director, product planning, ZF TRW commented: "The launch of our S-Cam 3 marks an important milestone in making active safety technology accessible to the mass market. Cameras are widely recognized for their safety benefits, and the S-Cam3 is now ASIL-B rated for improved functional safety performance.

"Now in its third generation, our video camera is a highly sophisticated, proven technology which can enable important safety decisions and provide a strong base platform for active safety systems when combined with other sensors and actuators."

Meanwhile, the fourth generation S-Cam 4 family - which will feature Mobileye's EyeQ4 chip – is scheduled to launch in 2018 and has been designed to meet the requirements of automated driving functions. It comprises a single lens, mono-camera version and a premium three lens version which adds a telephoto lens for improved long distance sensing, and a fish-eye lens for improved short range sensing. The new camera generation was recently chosen by a major European manufacturer across a range of its vehicle platforms.

Whydell concluded: "TRW has been developing driver assist systems for many decades and is recognized as a leader in camera and radar systems alike. We offer scalable and affordable solutions for our customers across the globe to help them meet new legislative requirements and achieve maximum NCAP ratings."

Offering six times the processing power of previous generation cameras, ZF TRW's S-Cam 3 offers several advanced functions including traffic light detection, large animal and general object detection, and automatic emergency braking for pedestrians at night.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150630/227216

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company, which acquired TRW Automotive on May 15, 2015, is now represented at about 230 locations in some 40 countries. The two companies, which were still independent in 2014, achieved a sales figure exceeding €30 billion with 134,000 employees. As in previous years, both companies have invested approximately 5 percent of their sales in Research and Development (recently €1.6 billion) in order to be successful with innovative products. ZF is one of the top three automotive suppliers worldwide.

Original source: http://trw.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=32950&item=128184