Here at PowerTorque, we are often looking into the trucking future and trying to work out the implications of technology which will appear and its possible effects on the way the industry works.
This video is all about the latest tech release from ZF. The ZF ProAI is claimed to be the most flexible, scalable and powerful automotive supercomputer. This represents a major leap forward for electronics in vehicles with one box controlling everything.
This technology is designed to be suitable for all vehicle platforms, software applications and electronic architectures. One control unit for all purposes and all automation levels and smaller, more energy-efficient and yet more powerful than ever before.
Thanks to its standardised and modular design, ZF ProAI can be equipped with microprocessors from all major manufacturers. This gives it the flexibility to be built into any vehicle system.
The ZF ProAI enables high computing power and artificial intelligence (AI) for automated driving functions. It uses a powerful and scalable NVIDIA platform to process signals from cameras as well as LiDAR, radar, and ultrasonic sensors.
It understands in real time what is happening around the vehicle and collects experience through deep learning. The ZF ProAI is protected against moisture and dust and can be used in temperatures ranging from minus 40 to plus 60 degrees.
The new technology enables a total computing performance of up to 1,000 TOPS (for those of us not up to speed on the latest tech terminology, that’s one quadrillion [10 followed by 15 noughts] operations per second).
Looking into the trucking future, while performance increases, power consumption drops: With one watt of power, the ZF ProAI achieves a performance of approximately 3 TOPS. That’s up to 70 per cent less power consumption than before. The board offers a 360° GPU-driven fusion of all available sensor data, including environmental measurement data from radars, LiDARs, cameras and audio patterns.