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ZF unveils latest supercomputer

ZF has unveiled the latest model of its automotive supercomputer ZF ProAI and says its ProAI RoboThink central control unit offers the highest performance of its kind in the industry.

Vehicle manufacturers and mobility service providers can benefit from the system’s modularity and scalability.

Today’s four models in the ZF ProAI product family can be optimally configured for any application – from a basic ADAS function right up to fully autonomous cars, commercial vehicles and industrial applications.

Customers can also specify their favourite software architecture –  which the company hails as a real breakthrough, especially for Mobility-as-a-Service applications.

In the wake of booming services such as ride hailing ZF has also premiered its own software stack for new mobility concepts.

This stack together with the latest ZF Pro AI and the company’s comprehensive sensor set represent a fully integrated system for driverless vehicles that can be easily adopted by the new players in the field of mobility services.

The power and flexibility of ZF’s ProAI also convinced Nvidia to name ZF one of its preferred partners for the launch of their new Level2+ Nvidia Drive AutoPilot.

Since ZF’s new product’s volume production starts within the next 12 months it is the only automotive grade AI capable supercomputer that can meet Nvidia’s ambitious timeline for the launch of their Drive AutoPilot from the beginning.

ZF’s CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider explained: “We are taking advantage of the fact that only ZF offers a supercomputer that is ready for volume production.

“Our open, flexible, modular and scalable ZF ProAI product family allows for just the right configuration of any application – for a variety of industries, and across all levels of automated driving.”

“We’re thrilled with the results of our collaboration with ZF. Their agility and system expertise has resulted in the incredibly rapid development of the ProAI platform enabling L2+ through L4/L5 robotaxi vehicles, leveraging Nvidia’s Drive Xavier processors and Drive software,” said Rob Csongor, Vice President of Autonomous Machines, at NVIDIA.

“ZF is now able to deliver to car makers advanced L2+ self-driving solutions for production starting in 2020 and the ability to quickly scale to higher levels of autonomy.”