PACE Awards
Pressure sensor for pedestrian protection
Company: Continental AG
What: Simple sensors protect pedestrians
Innovation: When an auto strikes a pedestrian, the impact is reduced when the vehicle’s hood lifts slightly. Continental uses two air-pressure sensors connected to an air tube across the front of the vehicle to help lift the hood. Previous systems used as many as seven sensors and other related equipment.
First Customer: Mercedes-Benz in Europe, 2011Web site: