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Continental Welcomes Increasing Significance of ADAS within the new Euro NCAP-Rating Scheme

Jun 27, 2012

Crucial driving safety enhancement through Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning in Passenger Cars and Trucks could help to save many lives

Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The international automotive supplier Continental welcomed the new rating scheme of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) for the years 2013 to 2017, announced in the middle of June in Brussels, Belgium. Trendsetting assistance systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) will be taken stronger into account into the assessment scheme by 2014 and will be key for achieving a top Euro NCAP 5-star Rating.

The Emergency Brake Assist features an optical sensor that uses infrared beams to monitor the road space in front of the vehicle, up to a distance of about ten meters.

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„We consider Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as a key technology when it comes to enhancing driving safety. They are a crucial safety enhancement and are a vital and decisive step on the road towards accident-free driving. ADAS help to further reduce the number of accidents as well as car-related injuries and also help to save lives“, said Dr. Ralf Cramer, President of the Chassis & Safety division and Member of the Executive Board at Continental AG. As experts for driving safety and dynamics the Chassis & Safety division develops technologies which save lives and avoid injuries. Under the slogan „Safety for Everyone” the division is concentrating on offering safety technologies not just to satisfy the requirements of various customers and markets but to allow these technologies to be installed in all vehicle categories. “The high levels of effectiveness of ADAS are truly a safety advance that will bring about global improvements in traffic safety. The Emergency Brake Assist for trucks will be required by law in Europe starting at the end of 2013."

Automatic braking, for when your attention cannot be divided.

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„With regard to new legislations and consumer testing such as Euro NCAP the advanced driver assistance systems market is very dynamic. It can be expected that these systems will find their way into most vehicle classes to an increasing percentage. Systems such as the city version of Emergency Brake Assist are already being deployed in smaller vehicles”, said Friedrich Angerbauer, Head of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Business Unit in Continental's Chassis & Safety division. „We see a big growth potential for the near future with ADAS.”

The Chassis & Safety division offers with predictive surrounding sensors, such as cameras or infrared and radar systems, already today technologies which offer drivers support and help them to arrive at their destinations safely and less stressed. The existing portfolio of ADAS contains besides systems for Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – which will be in stronger focus of Euro NCAP by 2014 – Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Intelligent Headlamp Control (IHC) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR). Continental’s stereo camera is a new approach to monitoring a vehicle’s surroundings. It can prevent or at least reduce the seriousness of the accidents involving either pedestrians or vehicles at intersections.


Sören Pinkow

External Communications


Division Chassis & Safety

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60488 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.:   +49 69 7603-8492

Fax:   +49 69 7603-3945

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