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Automotive Product Finder Magazine | There is growing awareness of vehicle safety in India
There is growing awareness of vehicle safety in India
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Demand for safety features is growing in vehicles due to stringent regulations and changing consumer preferences. According to Sukhdeep Sandhu, Head – Passive Safety & Sensorics Business Unit of Continental India, this change is visible across all vehicle segments.
Are you seeing rise in demand for more safety features across auto segments?
There are several factors that are contributing to the growing awareness of vehicle safety in India. One, of course, is government policy and legislations. Additionally, changing consumer preferences and awareness are further driving this change. We can see the impact of this across all vehicle classes and types.
We saw the implementation of ABS in 2-wheelers over 125cc come into effect from April 1, 2019. Airbags will become mandatory from April 2020. This will also lead to further safety requirements and adoptions, regardless of the legislation in the next few years as vehicles (across sectors) evolve. New technologies enable additional safety solutions to be implemented, so we can see some uptake in safety solutions like ESC.
What solutions do you offer in passive safety space?
Airbags have been a standard element of vehicle safety equipment for many years. For the most part, the basic safety functions are technically mature. However, there are many ways in which they can be extended to cover other applications and functions as part of an overall safety concept. In this extended active role, electronic safety systems can help not only to limit the potential damage in an accident; they can also serve to prevent accidents by integrating diverse information from environment sensors and the vehicle itself.
Continental’s modular SPEED concept (Safety Platform for Efficient & Economical Design) is a development platform by means of which passive safety systems, even tried-and-tested ones, can be repeatedly updated in keeping with the state of the art and augmented by new functions. The results have been incorporated in a number of product generations over the past ten years. They are currently visible in three product lines that have been developed and optimised step by step: airbag control unit, safety control unit and safety domain control unit.
Continental offers a wide range of products that are localised in India such as airbag control units, speed sensors, and power steering ECUs. We have been investing in the passive safety space for several years. Earlier this year, we increased the manufacturing capacity for airbag control units in Bangalore. We continue to evaluate and invest as required in the Indian market.
What kind of new trends are you seeing in passive safety space?
There are a number of additional functions specifically designed to reduce the risk of an accident and limit the damage in the first and later phases of an accident. One attribute that improves the effectiveness of passive safety is that we integrate information from forward-looking environment sensors into our extended airbag control unit, called Safety Domain Control Unit (SDCU). This makes it possible to estimate the severity of an accident before it occurs and condition the restraint systems accordingly. The system can react more quickly, in this way providing better protection to vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users. To be effective in automated driving, a vehicle safety concept must take a wide range of possible applications and error scenarios into account. The SDCU can also serve as a fallback level so that the vehicle can be brought into a safe state if the main automated functions fail.
The automotive industry, on a whole, is looking at the use of newer technologies such as AI and IoT. This trend continues into the passive safety space as well. With the growth of automated driving, we can definitely see the use of AI-based or sensor-based new technology in this domain. One such example is the “Occupant Safety Monitor” (OcSM) by Continental. This is a permanent monitor of the environment in the vehicle in terms of safety, which relies on information from several sensors such as camera, data from a sensor system etc that ensures the position of each occupant is taken into consideration before the deployment of the airbags. Embankment Safety Control is another quite new safety function, which initiates emergency braking system when vehicle is moving down a steep slope.
Electronic Safety Systems
Safety Platform For Efficient And Economical Design
Passive Safety Systems
Safety Domain Control Unit
Occupant Safety Monitor
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