DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co. and NEC Solutions have formed a business to sell occupant-sensing technology to other automakers.
Elesys North America Inc. of McDonough, Ga., was incorporated in October, but the company used last week's SAE World Congress to talk about its business plans.
Honda owns two-thirds and NEC owns the remaining one-third of Elesys North America, which is a subsidiary of Honda Elesys Co. Ltd. of Yokohama, Japan. The company is the spinoff of NEC's Automotive Electronics Division.
Elesys North America's president, Akio Kobayashi, 52, was with Honda r&d for 25 years, the past 15 years as chief engineer.
Elesys' key technology is the SeatSentry Occupant Sensing System, licensed from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The product relies on wires embedded underneath the seat cover to generate an electromagnetic field that detects the size of a seat occupant and whether he or she is out of position.