Radar: ZF changes into higher gear

July 13, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen announced to invest €2.9 million into its radar center in Brest, France. Against the background of a boom in radar sensors for advanced driver assistance systems, the company plans to crank up development and production activities in this market segment.

Currently, ZF manufactures about 200.000 radar sensors per year, with rising trend. By 2020, ZF expects a production output of about a million units. “Radar sensors are a significant ingredient of automated driving”, explains Peter Austen, Global Portfolio Director for ADAS at ZF electronics subsidiary ZF TRW. The company’s radar sensors are currently used in systems providing partly automated driving functions such as ADAS that support lane-changing functions.

 

ZF TRW’s radar center in Brest has been launched in 1999 – at that time as an activity of TRW. Currently, the facilities cover an area of about 2000 square meters; an expansion of 500 additional square meters to increase the storage capacity is planned. The investment however will focus on production and development equipment as well as on tools and components. The current radar sensor model AC1000 represents the fifth generation of such systems from ZF.

 

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