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Continental wins PACE Award

Continental has received the 2014 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers Contribution to Excellence) Award for its pressure sensor-based Pedestrian Protection System (PPS pSAT). The system helps automakers selling vehicles in Europe to meet the upcoming Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) standards, which require enhanced measures to reduce injury in pedestrian collisions. With the USA, Japan and other key global markets implementing similar requirements, the company set out to create a cost-effective solution, using pressure sensors and a flexible tube mounted behind the vehicle’s front fascia. The PPS activates within 10-15 milliseconds of impact by slightly lifting the hood of the vehicle, thereby reducing pedestrian injury through energy absorption and deflection of the impact across the surface.

The PPS pSAT technology is easily installed in a variety of vehicle types due to its high flexibility in various front end designs. The system is designed to be resistant to environmental influences, including electrostatic discharge, temperature, humidity and stray light. It also provides weight and cost reduction when compared to other pedestrian protection options currently on the market. “In developing the PPS, we accomplished our goal of engineering a pedestrian-protection solution for our automotive partners that not only complies with new and forthcoming safety standards in all major global markets, but can be implemented into their vehicles at a low cost and without any major design changes,” said Dr Bernhard Klumpp, head of Continental’s passive safety & sensorics business unit. “Winning the 2014 Automotive News PACE award for the PPS strengthens our drive towards the continued creation of solutions for automakers for years to come.”

April 10, 2014

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