ZF TRW, a division of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, has started production of its third generation video camera, the S-Cam3, for the first time across four major global vehicle platforms.
The camera is being launched for compact C and D segment, sedans, and crossover vehicles. It will be available in Europe, North America and Asia through the end of 2015.
The third generation camera will offer functionality including traffic light detection, large animal and general object detection, and automatic emergency braking for pedestrians at night.
"The launch of our S-Cam3 marks an important milestone in making active safety technology accessible to the mass market. Cameras are widely recognized for their safety benefits, and the SCam3 is now ASIL-B rated for improved functional safety performance," said Andy Whydell, director, product planning, ZF TRW.
"Now in its third generation, our video camera is a highly sophisticated, proven technology which can enable important safety decisions and provide a strong base platform for active safety systems when combined with other sensors and actuators."
ZF TRW also announced that the fourth generation S-Cam4 family, which will feature Mobileye's Eye Q4 chip, is scheduled for launch in 2018 and has been designed to meet the requirements of automated driving functions.
It will comprise of a single lens, mono-camera version and a premium three lens version which adds a telephoto lens for improved long distance sensing, and a fish-eye lens for improved short range sensing.
Without divulging the name, the company said that the new camera generation was recently chosen by a major European manufacturer across a range of its vehicle platforms.
Whydell concluded: "TRW has been developing driver assist systems for many deacades and is recognized as a leader in camera and radar systems alike. We offer scalable and affordable solutions for our customers across the globe to help them meet new legislative requirements and achieve maximum NCAP ratings."