#ZFonAir – Harald Lutz on occupant safety systems

#ZFonAir – Harald Lutz on occupant safety systems


Welcome to #ZFonAir
from sunny Frankfurt.
This is where the IAA –
the International Motor Show
– is currently taking place,
and where we have
the opportunity
to talk to ZF experts
about current key topics.
We are now joined
by Harald Lutz.
Welcome, Mr. Lutz.
Hello, Mr. Pfeiffer.
What do you do at ZF?
I am head of development for
occupant safety systems.
Let’s talk about occupant
safety systems in our zeppelin;
it’s arriving right now.
I’d love to.
Mr. Lutz, at the IAA
you can definitely see
how e-mobility and
autonomous driving
will change the
future of mobility.
Can you briefly explain to us
how this will affect
occupant safety?
Thanks to all the new
systems we see here –
starting with Mobility
as a Service, Robo-Taxis
or People Movers like the e.Go –
you can see that interiors
will change in the future.
They will become more flexible.
And for this more flexible design
we naturally need other types
of occupant safety.
That sounds like
quite a challenge.
Can you explain to
us in more detail
how ZF is preparing for it?
We start by getting the
occupant safety systems –
such as seat belts and airbags –
closer to the occupants,
for example by integrating
them into the seat.
We have a great deal of experience
in this area of occupant safety,
some of which is pioneering
work in the area
of seat belts, airbags
and steering wheels.
This innovative
strength will help us
to offer integrated
safety in the future.
Keyword:
integrated safety.
Can you explain this in a little
more detail, what you mean?
Integrated safety at ZF
with its motto
“See. Think. Act.” means
the intelligent combination
of sensor technology, control electronics,
and occupant safety in a smart system –
up to active components such
as brakes and steering –
in order to optimally protect
occupants in these new scenarios.
The idea of
autonomous driving is
that you can lean back;
read a book;
work or sleep.
So I am personally
looking forward to it,
but it will probably take a little
longer until it actually takes place.
What are the challenges
you are currently facing?
Of course, innovative strength is also a
decisive competitive advantage today.
We are currently working on
lighter and smaller knee airbags.
We will be doing a lot in the
area of pre-safe topics –
systems that switch on before
the crash happens, for example.
This summer we presented
our external side airbag,
which increases the crumple zone
within fractions of a
second in a side collision.
And above all, the topic of
semi-automated driving –
that is, improving and facilitating
communication between the driver and vehicle –
these systems, such as hands-on
detection in the steering wheel
and active belts, help us to
facilitate this communication.
Wow. Super exciting topics.
I wish you good luck in
mastering these challenges
and many thanks for these insights.
And now I would suggest we
enjoy the interesting views
from our zeppelin for a bit.
Thank you very much.

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