The force field encompasses all of the vehicle’s assistance systems, and the driver can adjust its sensitivity using controls on the steering wheel. “In general, it operates based on the principle of ‘early action – slight correction, late action – clearly noticeable correction’. This is similar to adjustable traction control assistants,” says Uwe Class, explaining further: “This configuration means that the driver only has to change one setting to make all of the assistance systems follow one overarching principle.” This is an approach that is only possible thanks to ZF offering a wide range of products as a systems supplier.
This means different applications, such as a blind spot assistant, adaptive cruise control, and a lane departure assistant, can all be viewed and operated from one central location. “Concept 2020” is designed for semi-autonomous driving at level 2, yet is also important for
level 3 and 4
. The development team likes to point out the role that icons like the trash icon played in the breakthrough of Apple’s first Macintosh computer. At any rate, Project Manager Uwe Class is convinced that virtual images belong in the vehicle cockpits of the future.