Automotive systems major Continental will launch production this month of short range radar sensors for advanced driver assistance systems at its plant in Seguin, Texas.

The Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system can help to avoid accidents with crossing vehicles when reversing out of a parking space.

The Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system can help to avoid accidents with crossing vehicles when reversing out of a parking space.

 

Expanding our manufacturing capacity takes us a step closer to our American customers. In the market for the market is a keystone of our strategy,” said Karlheinz Haupt, head of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) business unit of Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division. A single line will handle production initially, but additional lines are in preparation to satisfy the demand of OEMs manufacturing in the U.S. “We plan to produce some three million short range radar sensors in Seguin in 2016. The numbers say something about how rapidly demand is rising for short range radar functions like Blind Spot Detection or parking assistant systems. Legislation is a driving force but also our customers’ desire for increased safety and comfort is providing a major impetus,” Haupt remarked.

The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) function warns the driver when there are vehicles in the blind spot of the side-view mirror.

The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) function warns the driver when there are vehicles in the blind spot of the side-view mirror.

Continental has experienced rapid growth in the business with sensor technologies like camera, lidar and radar. Since production began in 1999, Continental has turned out more than ten million sensors, 4.5 million last year alone. Next year should see the 26-million mark, some ten million of which will be radar sensors (short- and long range radars). However, cameras – mono, stereo and camera systems for 360-degree surround detection – are also booming. Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Headlamp Control plus such functions as Traffic Sign Recognition and camera-based parking assistant systems are becoming increasingly popular in all classes of cars.

Short range radar sensors by Continental are indispensable to Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). The BSD feature warns drivers of cars lurking in the blind spot, making passing and lane changes safer and more manageable, both in city traffic and in highway driving.

The RCTA feature detects crossing traffic behind the vehicle while the car is backing out, helping to avoid accidents that can often result in serious injuries.  Advanced driver assistance systems represent a key technology on the road to accident-free driving Vision Zero, which will become reality in three steps, beginning with no fatal accidents, followed by no injuries and, ultimately, no accidents at all. “Advanced driver assistance systems and proven sensor technology are a major component of automated driving. Highly or fully automated driving can only become a reality through high-performance sensors and a reliable, accurate model of the vehicle surrounding”, said Haupt. 

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