As the center of our R&D system, ZD Research Institute is responsible for the development of our new products and technologies. After years of dynamic progress, we have established several international locations for research and development: The ZD Research Institute Germany, as well as the R&D centers in Beijing and Shanghai. There, our high-qualified engineers from all over the world contribute themselves to not only in the R & D of innovative technologies, but also in their practical application. At present, we have formed a global research network with the European Research Institute in Germany as the core and ZD Beijing and Shanghai as our research branches. With the development of “new four modernizations” – electrification, networking, intellectualization and sharing in the automotive industry, our Institute now focuses on the research of in-vehicle big data analysis system, artificial intelligence AI, in-vehicle communication as well as relevant new technologies.


Under the trend of IoT (Internet of Things), vehicles will be fully digitalized and intelligent. Vehicle-centric data, such as parts, vehicle conditions, traffic, geographic location and other information will form a huge amount of data resources to be mined and applied to generate value. With our leading capabilities of data collection, data processing and algorithm results in the industry, ZD empowers the entire life cycle of vehicles with on-board big data products and data landing services. We combined cloud computing, data analysis engine and other modern technologies into our own big data analysis system to realize the analysis and processing for the connected car data, massive data simulation in the laboratory, as well as driving behavior and pattern analysis for driver assistance system and autonomous driving.

Highlights and advantages of the Big Data System

System: Windows & Linux
Formate: CAN, LIN, Serial, BAP, esoTrace, VIWI
Smart calendar function
Automatically generated statistics
Comfortable fleet management
  • Vehicle-To-Cloud ZD Datalogger– one of our important products developed by ZD research institute – has mature vehicle data collection and analysis capabilities. It has advantages such as high speed, massive storage and low latency. The cloud-based ZD Datalogger can be perfectly integrated into the vehicle, which can automatically collect useful in-vehicle information, upload data to the cloud and act as a communication bridge between vehicle and cloud.
  • A Better Understanding of Your Data ZD in-vehicle big data analysis system can identify multiple types of Trace formats and parse them into various readable formats. Users can view the Traces on cloud at any time and save Traces files locally. In terms of data analysis, our big data analysis system will automatically analyse the key information in the Traces, such as speed, steering and braking. The system will identify false alarms, which assists the fault detection and location. Meanwhile, the in-vehicle system will intelligently identify the corresponding data in the cloud and give driving tips when driving on the same road section.
  • Mass Data Storage Based on the public cloud, ZD’s in-vehicle big data platform provides TB and PB-level data storage that can be unlimitedly expandable. It meets the data analysis and processing requirements of greatly increased data amount generated by the internet of vehicles.
  • Efficient Analysis Based on the public cloud, ZD’s in-vehicle big data platform provides TB and PB-level data storage that can be unlimitedly expandable. It meets the data analysis and processing requirements of greatly increased data amount generated by the internet of vehicles.
  • Safe and Reliable Platform Our in-vehicle big data platform has a powerful data cleansing function that can effectively scan and filter sensitive information and it supports the deployment of private information in private clouds. We comply with customer security requirements to set personalized data security policies, encrypt and isolate specific information to ensure that all types of customer data on and off the cloud are safely protected.


As one of the core technologies of our company, ZD research institute focus on the application of artificial intelligence in the automotive industry. We have successfully combined AI technology into our intelligent driver assistance system, intelligent cockpit, as well as Automotive loT, which fully enhances the value chain of the automotive industry.

Vehicle and Tire Marks Identification Technology

Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) is the inevitable trend in the development of traffic management system all over the world. As one of the important components of ITS, vehicle and tire marks identification technology can be widely used in specific scenarios such as positioning, supervision and criminal investigation. ZD used AI technology in vehicle and tire marks identification technology. Through continuous optimization of algorithms, we have applied our vehicle and tire marks identification technology also in commercial scenes.

V2X Intelligent Networking & Intelligent Transportation

ZD continues to increase investment in R&D of related technologies for intelligent vehicle and intelligent transportation. Our ZD-Box can support the R&D and testing of V2X technology, intelligent networking, autonomous driving as well as the automotive cybersecurity.

Intelligent Driving Technology

ZD has combined the technology of artificial intelligence and neural networks into the intelligent driving technology. Through cameras for viewing, voice perception, radar perception, our intelligent driving technology can measure the road and car conditions automatically and coordinate the driving haviour. Various factors affecting traffic conditions such as traffic jams also can be foresaw and prevented in the route planning. Our intelligent driving technology can be widely used in the autonomous driving.

Automotive IoT Global Deployment Technology

The automotive industry is one of the fastest growing markets of IoT-based solutions. With IoT, millions of drivers can connect to wireless software and data platforms to receive software upgrades, security improvements, bug fixes, map and traffic updates online. ZD Institute contributes itself to the deployment of the IoT technology especially the V2X Technology in the global world.

Intelligent Cockpit

The center system of intelligent cockpit covers various functional modules such as central control, instrumentation, head-up display, air-conditioning and seat control. Its settings have been dynamically changed in different periods and due to different needs of consumers. Our developers in the ZD institute devote themselves to the R & D of intelligent cockpit, which can involve more intelligent elements and functions such as autonomous driving, 5G and other cutting-edge technology.


Under the trend of intelligent connectivity, the automobile industry will be one of the hotspots of global innovation and future development, which is highly related to the construction of new transportation system and smart cities. Modern communication and network technologies have been integrated into the next generation of vehicles to achieve intelligent information exchange and sharing between vehicles and vehicles, people, roads and the transportation system. Safe, efficient, comfortable and energy-efficient driving can be realized.

However, the in-vehicle communication technologies, on which connected vehicles rely on, have developed continually. One of the main tasks of ZD Research is to develop vehicle communication technologies that comply with the following standard:

High-speed Automotive Ethernet technology (10G+)

10G+ Ethernet – the latest high-speed automotive Ethernet technology – is an important upgrade standard for data centre. Compared to conventional Ethernet, high-speed automotive Ethernet technology enables the physical layer of a WAN and expands the range of Ethernet applications. This kind of automotive Ethernet can meet the requirements of high performance and high quality of data communication. It also solves the service quality problems of high-quality multimedia applications, which has broad prospects for development.

Ultra-low Latency Time-Sensitive Networks (TSN)

The time-sensitive network allows periodic and non-periodic data to be transmitted on the same network, enabling data transfer in a hybrid network and having the advantages of deterministic transmission over standard Ethernet. TSN’s Time-aware Scheduler, the cyclic queuing as well as forwarding method guarantee data transmission at a defined point of in time with ultra-low latency.

V2X High-speed Communication Network

V2X high-speed communication network is an important key technology for realizing environment perception, information interaction and collaborative control in vehicle networking. It provides low-latency, high-reliability, high-security, and high-speed communication capabilities in the high-speed mobile environment. V2X high-speed communication network complements the advantages of traditional vehicle perception devices such as in-vehicle radar and cameras, communicates with the surrounding environment and expands the range of vehicle perception from time and space dimensions. It provides essential information for vehicle decision-making.

The Next Generation of ECUs

Automotive ECU (electronic control unit) has been constantly developing. As a leader company in the field of in-vehicle communication, we have worked continuously and innovatively on its new technology. Based on the concept of EPI (European Processor Initiative) for a heterogeneous and high performance processor, which was launched in October 2018 by the European Union, we conduct research on electronic components and hardware that meet the requirements of multicore computing processors for the next generation of ECU system. Our research results will be easily adapted to the hardware and software structure as well as the arithmetic capability of intelligent vehicle in the future. The developing hardware and software for in-vehicle communication of ZD research institute will meet the following characteristics of intelligent ECU communication:

  • High-speed interconnect bus data communication
  • Coexistence and transitions of multiple bus
  • Mass data sources of multiple sensors