ZF Invests In Lidar Specialist

02 August 2016

ZF announced that it has acquired a 40% stake in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. The Hamburg-based company, which was founded in 2009, is a developer of light detection and ranging (lidar) technology and environmental recognition software with a particular focus on applications for autonomous driving. Ibeo’s customers include several major global vehicle manufacturers.

Lidar gives us access to a core technology for environmental and object recognition,” said Dr. Stefan Sommer, ZF’s chief executive officer. “Lidar expands our current sensor portfolio of radar and camera technologies and moreover, Ibeo’s fusion of these three sensor technologies provides outstanding results in environmental awareness and forms the basis for autonomous driving.”

Lidar uses emitted light pulses to determine a distance based on runtime and speed of light. It is an optical method for measuring distance and speed that is very similar to radar, except that laser pulses are rather than radio waves.

The lidar technology developed in cooperation with ZF is intended to reproduce a three-dimensional image of the environment without the rotating mirrors contained in current lidar systems. This, ZF said, will allow the technology to become more compact and easier to integrate into vehicles and equipment.

“Our central theme at ZF is “See – Think – Act” – a philosophy which highlights how we are equipping the vehicles of tomorrow with new senses and more intelligence,” said Sommer. “To achieve this, we are gradually filling in the remaining gaps in our technology portfolio. With lidar technology and sensor fusion, we are able to strengthen the eyes and brain of future generations of vehicles and thus move a step closer to realizing the vision of accident-free driving.”


Receive the information you need when you need it through our world-leading magazines, newsletters and daily briefings.

Sign up


The trusted reference and buyer’s guide for 83 years

The original “desktop search engine,” guiding nearly 10,000 users in more than 90 countries it is the primary reference for specifications and details on all the components that go into engine systems.

Visit Now

Becky Schultz Vice President of Content Tel: +1 480 408 9774 E-mail: [email protected]
Julian Buckley Editor Tel: +44 (0) 1892 784088 E-mail: [email protected]
Chad Elmore Managing Editor Tel: +1 262 754 4114 E-mail: [email protected]
Josh Kunz Power Progress Brand Manager Tel: +1 414 379 2672 E-mail: [email protected]
Roberta Prandi Power Progress International Brand Manager Tel: +39 334 6538183 E-mail: [email protected]