WINNER: Invis-A-Rise Power Tailgate System
2019 - PACE Award Winner
What: A hands-free approach to opening and closing tailgates
Innovation: The electromechanical Invis-A-Rise technology can automatically open as well as close and latch a vehicle’s tailgate with the touch of a button. The hands-free system has the ability to stop and reverse when obstacles are detected, combining convenience with safety.
First Customer: Chevrolet Silverado
Judge's Citation: Power features on modern vehicles are increasingly common for windows, seats, locks, sliding doors and liftgates. But until this innovation for pickups, no one had commercialized true power tailgates. In assessing the technical barriers, Strattec innovated a self-contained power system, latch system and control system that raises and lowers a truck's tailgate quickly, quietly, safely and remotely. This innovation is designed to perform in any weather, on an uphill or downhill grade and with water, dirt, gravel or mulch.
Web site: strattec.com