ZF TRW, the Active and Passive Safety Technology Division of ZF AG, says it is uniquely positioned to deliver the automated driving functions of the next decade as mobility is transformed.

The company highlights developments in active safety, a key product specialisation for ZF TRW. It says active safety systems are delivering automated functions in emergency situations such as Automatic Emergency Braking and Emergency Steering Control and ZF TRW is progressively expanding these functions into partially and eventually fully automated driving functions. This is being achieved through highly advanced environmental sensing, more robust and redundant actuators and complex electronic control units housing advanced software.

Peter Lake, executive vice president, Sales and Business Development at ZF TRW said: "While there are many benefits to be realised from automated driving technologies, the foundation underlying the adoption of these technologies is safety. Drivers will never cede control of their vehicle unless they feel safe to do so. With a product portfolio that is 90 percent safety focused, ZF TRW has the deep experience and expertise to deliver the automated driving functions that drivers, occupants and other road users can trust. And although there are still many challenges to address, road users are already experiencing the immediate safety benefits of these proven technologies as partially automated systems make their way on to the road."

ZF TRW has been a pioneer in the design and development of sensors, electronics, braking and steering technologies and is developing a range of partially automated driving functions. These include 'Highway Driving Assist' which can enable automatic steering, braking and acceleration for speeds down to 0 kph. As a single lane application, the system combines adaptive cruise control and lane centering to help maintain the lane and a set interval to target vehicles ahead. A multi-lane variant is also in development which will feature 360 degree sensing and enable vehicles to automatically overtake. The same hardware configuration can deliver 'Traffic Jam Assist' functionality for speeds up to 60kph, the company says.

"The next decade presents an historic opportunity to transform mobility and the driving experience, and at the heart of that opportunity lies the chance to improve road safety around the globe,” Lake maintains. “This will require auto manufacturers, suppliers and governments to work together with the motoring public to make this a reality, with societal benefits as the prize."