ZF is preparing for volume production of what it claims is 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. Data integration with 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.

Information from the radar sensor and high resolution dual lens camera is analysed by an image processing module. This is controlled by software which can, if required, also activate the brake system, also made by ZF, autonomously.

The supplier claims the system can precisely detect and classify moving and stationary trucks, passenger cars, motorcycles and bicycles, warning the driver of an impending collision. If the driver does not take appropriate action, the system autonomously initiates emergency braking from speeds of up to 80km/h (50mph) and can bring the vehicle to a complete stop to help prevent a collision. The AEB also identifies pedestrians in city centres.

It is also able to stop the vehicle from speeds of 20km/h to help prevent collisions with pedestrians. Further safety functions including LDW (Lane Departure Warning) and ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control).

"In the commercial vehicle sector, the introduction of autonomous driving functions has particularly strong potential," ZF said. "Further developments will also head in this direction."

"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," said Wilhelm Rehm, ZF head of commercial vehicle technology.