Continental AG on Monday unveiled a plan to develop more safety products on vehicles through a new telematics business unit.
The business unit, established since the company's $1 billion purchase of Motorola Inc.'s automotive electronics business in April, will be led by Kieran O'Sullivan, senior vice president of telematics and a member of the supplier's management board. The unit will be based in Deer Park, Ill., and will operate globally.
Continental said in a statement that its new telematics unit will enhance active safety performances of vehicles through higher levels of collision-avoidance capabilities. The unit also wants to increase the safety and emergency assistance services available to vehicle occupants after crashes.
"With comprehensive vehicle safety and traffic management becoming more and more critical aspects of global mobility, Continental added a key future element to its product offering," Karl-Thomas Neumann, president of Continental Automotive Systems, said in a statement.
"We see great potential by integrating telematics into embedded car-to-car digital communication and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication."
R&d will center on the wireless systems connecting in-vehicle safety mechanisms such as airbags and brakes to sensors, radars and cameras. It will attempt to connect the driver to the vehicle through voice activation.
Continental AG, of Hanover, Germany, ranks No. 13 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $10.3 billion in 2005. It supplies electronic breaks, stability management systems, tires, foundation brakes, chassis systems and safety system electronics.
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