ZF has acquired 90 % shares in Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH, an image-based 3D systems specialist that works in the area of recording and analysis of human movement. The move will allow ZF to expand its presence in occupant recognition, a key enabler for integrated safety and autonomous driving. ZF’s investment in Simi will expand the competence it already has in occupant safety systems such as seat belts, airbags and steering wheels, stated the company.
The development of new interior concepts for highly automated or autonomous driving include the potential for new seating positions as the driver can hand over responsibility for driving to the vehicle, either in part or in full. To relax during the journey in future vehicles, the occupant could move their seat back or tilt the seat further than in current vehicle configurations allow. For occupant protection in these non-conventional seating positions, vehicle systems need to be aware of the size, location and position of the occupant, claims the company.
Norbert Kagerer, head of Integrated Safety, ZF, said the company would become stronger through its investment in Simi Reality Motion Systems, with a view to offering integrated safety systems from a single source.
Andreas Ruß, founder and managing director, Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH, said the investment will enable the company to contribute its knowledge more effectively in the automotive industry, and to benefit much more rapidly from growth opportunities.