Artificial intelligence is an essential driver for automated driving functions and is indispensable on the path to autonomous driving. In this line, ZF is establishing a Technology Center for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cybersecurity in Saarbrücken.
With the new center, the technology group plans to expand its activities in the area of AI research in order to coordinate and control the company’s AI activities from here in the future. The company will establish about two-thirds of its AI specialists at the new location in Saarbrücken. Another third of the experts from the new Technology Center will focus on cybersecurity.
The group has already taken some steps in form of AI-capable central computer ZF ProAI and RoboThink, one of the most powerful supercomputer currently available for automotive applications. As a complete system solution with sensors, actuators and AI, ZF aims to offer automated functions for vehicles of all classes from a single source.
ZF, as a shareholder of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and strategic partner of the Helmholtz Center for Information Security (CISPA), will also cooperate closely with these research institutions in the future.
Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen, commenting on the development said “With the new Technology Center for Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity, we are taking our Group-wide expertise in these key digital technologies to a new level. We are also in direct proximity to the most respected practical research institutions in these disciplines and can thus intensify our cooperation.”
Source: Press Release