Multiapplication unified sensor element
Continental Automotive Systems Inc.
2015 - PACE Award Winner
What: 1 sensing device, many powertrain uses
Innovation: Continental developed a sensing device that can be programmed to act as five powertrain sensors. For example, a camshaft position sensor can become a crankshaft position sensor via a programming change. An added bonus: The element does not require rare-earth materials. It uses ferrite magnets, which cost 70 percent less than the magnets used by a typical sensor.
First Customer: 2.0-liter gasoline direction injection and 2.4-liter turbo direct injection engines in the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe Sport and Kia Optima and Sorento, January 2014
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