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Continental Receives 2014 Automotive News PACE Award for Pedestrian Protection System

Apr 9, 2014

  • Continental earns third Automotive News PACE award in two years.
  • Pressure sensor-based Pedestrian Protection System (PPS pSAT) reduces pedestrian injuries in collisions.
  • This innovation will help automakers meet new pedestrian safety requirements in Europe, United States and Japan.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, April 9, 2014. The international automotive supplier Continental received the 2014 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers Contribution to Excellence) Award for its Pressure sensor-based Pedestrian Protection System (PPS pSAT). This marks Continental’s third PACE Award win in just two years.

Pressure sensors in the bumper reliably detect accidents involving pedestrians and activate the safety systems in the vehicle's body. Image download

Continental has developed the solution for pedestrian protection – which is in series production since 2011 – together with Daimler. The system helps European automakers and other manufacturers selling vehicles in Europe to meet the upcoming Euro NCAP standards, which require enhanced measures to reduce injury in pedestrian collisions. With the United States, Japan and other key global markets implementing similar requirements, Continental 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.

“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.”

Integration of the PPS pSAT system into the bumper. Image download

The PPS pSAT technology is easily installed in a variety of vehicle types thanks to its high flexibility in various front end designs. The PPS pSAT is designed to be resistant to environmental influences including electrostatic discharge, temperature, humidity and stray light. Additionally, the system provides weight and cost reduction compared to other pedestrian protection options currently on the market.

The Automotive News PACE Awards are judged independently and announced annually. This year’s PACE Award ceremony was held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA on Monday, April 7.