UC Berkeley in research partnership with ZF

September 10, 2017 by  

It was recently announced that the ZF Group and the University of California, Berkeley have agreed to a research partnership to further the feasibility of on-the-road fully autonomous driving.

ZF has created what it calls an Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley and the thrust of the research partnership will be to tie self-learning computer function with autonomous driving. As the CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Dr. Stefan Sommer, explained:

“Our latest research collaboration will significantly boost our Vision Zero Ecosystem in two areas that are key to fully autonomous driving – computer vision and deep learning.”

A German manufacturer of car parts, ZF specializes in engineering and is known chiefly for its activity in automotive design, manufacturing and research and development. According to Dr. Sommer, ZF chose Berkeley because its researchers are on the cutting edge in both of areas.

The University of California, Berkeley, placed sixth in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2017. The newly created Berkeley DeepDrive (BDD) Centre partners with companies such as ZF to turn theories into real world applications, which will likely be alluded to in the university’s next catalog printing.

According to ZF, for autonomous driving to realize its potential, a way to mimic the experience-fueled intuition employed by drivers will be required of onboard computers. The goal is to create algorithms that can optimize by taking experiences and learning from them, and then equipping vehicles with sensors to provide the necessary data.