Electronic systems save lives in road traffic: In the event of a collision, airbags or belt tensioners respond in fractions of a second, often preventing severe or fatal injuries. These “passive” systems are also making greater use of the driving-environment sensors provided in driver assist systems – a combination of radar and video camera in the windshield, for example, can see that a collision is unavoidable and precondition the passive systems. This being so, the safety electronics can tension the seat belt and optimize headrest and seat in good time.
Functional development and validation
In the area of safety electronics, we can provide you with support in your functional development activities and in validating components and functions. This also includes overseeing ancillary suppliers on behalf of manufacturers in developing software and evaluating their results. We can draw on a whole range of our own testing tools: Our synthetic crash data feed system, for example, simulates a collision using real-life data we have recorded in our indoor crash testing facility. And a patented set-up for the pre-crash test allows us to reproduce a head-on or rear-end collision on a non-destructive basis. This is how we can guarantee that the complex electronic functions respond correctly in all situations.
Upcoming issues in focus
Predictive and active pedestrian protection will play an important part in the future. Driving-environment sensors identify the imminent collision with a person and can respond with an emergency stop and active engine hood – with this avoiding severe injuries to the head for example. Interconnecting vehicles with their environment (Car-to-X) is also a development that can avoid accidents. We are looking at these issues even today – so they can go into mass production as quickly as possible.