Artificial Intelligence

Partnership enables autonomous driving development

8th January 2019
Alex Lynn

Adaptive and intelligent computing specialist, Xilinx, and ZF Friedrichshafen (ZF), Tier-1 automotive supplier in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, have announced a collaboration in which Xilinx technology will power ZF’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based automotive control unit, called the ZF ProAI, to enable automated driving applications.

ZF is using the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC platform to handle real-time data aggregation, pre-processing, and distribution, as well as to provide compute acceleration for the AI processing in ZF’s new AI-based electronic control unit. ZF selected this adaptable, intelligent platform because it provides the processing power scalability and flexibility essential for the ZF ProAI platform to be customised for each of its customer’s unique requirements.

"The unique selling proposition of the ZF ProAI is its modular hardware concept and open software architecture. Our aim is to provide the widest possible range of functions in the field of autonomous driving," explained Torsten Gollewski, Head of ZF Advanced Engineering and General Manager of Zukunft Ventures.

Yousef Khalilollahi, Vice President, Core Vertical Markets, Xilinx, added: “We are proud to partner with ZF on its ProAI platform and help solve the challenges associated with autonomous vehicle development. By providing an adaptable hardware platform, ZF can design flexible and scalable systems that seamlessly incorporate AI compute acceleration and functional safety (FuSa) through diversity in processing engines. We look forward to expanding our collaboration with ZF to take autonomous and AI innovation to the next level.”

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