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How can we achieve a world without accidents?

100 meters ...                                               
Our stereo camera looks up to 100 meters ahead to identify objects as early as possible, before then activating the Emergency Brake Assist and thus reducing the risk of rear-end collisions. At a speed of 50 km/h, a distance of just 10 meters to the vehicle in front is enough to be able to stop in time.   

Every accident is one too many, especially when it results in injury or even loss of life. Given that the global volume of traffic has increased to around one billion vehicles, road safety has become a key challenge for society, industry and politicians.

In the Chassis & Safety division, we are developing technologies that will provide more safety and better driving dynamics. Active safety systems, like electronic braking and driver assistance systems, warn of imminent dangers and intervene to assist with steering, braking, and driving dynamics. They help to compensate for human error, which is responsible for the majority of accidents. Passive safety systems, such as airbags and pedestrian protection, provide the best possible protection in the event of an accident.

What has to happen to ensure that nothing happens?
To get closer to our goal of a world without accidents, we are not going to settle for patchwork solutions. With ContiGuard®, Continental has combined life-saving elements of active and passive safety to create an innovative concept. It brings considerable benefits thanks to its unique networking. These include shorter braking distances, better protection of occupants and pedestrians against injury, prevention of accidents, and reduction in accident severity. Here’s how it works in practice:

1. Normal driving
Adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems inform the driver about their distance from the vehicle ahead. Camera information and steering intervention help to keep the car in the lane, which is monitored by the lane departure warning system.

2. Hazardous situation
If the road surface is slippery and there is a risk of skidding, the electronic stability control (ESC) with active brake, steering, and engine intervention helps to stabilize the vehicle in time.

3. Before an accident
If, despite early warnings, the driver does not take the appropriate action or does not react at all, all possible measures are taken to protect the occupants and other road users – such as a reduction in the impact speed by the emergency brake assist system.

4. During an accident
If there is an impact, all the subsystems, such as airbag control units and accident sensors, are already perfectly coordinated with each other.

5. After an accident
Shortly after the initial impact, measures are initiated to prevent a further impact or to soften it. Emergency services are also notified automatically.

Can everyone afford safety?

One principle of “Vision Zero” is that safety must not be for just the privileged few. Already today, the technologies in question are available for nearly every car. Legislation around the world will further the proliferation of innovative safety technologies, as will new requirements for achieving a five-star Euro NCAP rating (Euro NCAP = European New Car Assessment Program).

Continental is best prepared for this “safety for all” trend and is also actively involved in shaping it for the future. Our ContiGuard® safety concept has been designed to be scalable so that we can introduce more safety to all vehicle classes.

4 business units
Vehicle Dynamics, e.g. chassis electronics; air suspension systems; anti-lock braking systems (ABS), also for motorcycles; electronic stability control (ESC)
Hydraulic Brake Systems, e.g. disk, parking, and drum brakes; electronic vacuum pumps; brake boosters
Passive Safety & Sensorics, e.g. airbag electronics; sensors for wheel speed, chassis control and brake systems, for battery monitoring, and for pedestrian protection
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, e.g. emergency brake assist, lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring, and 360-degree Surround View