Continental, the global automotive supplier, is the first manufacturer in the world to integrate the yaw rate and acceleration sensors required in particular for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) into a single central component.
The new cluster will go into series production with several vehicle manufacturers at the beginning of 2010.
In addition to the standard application for ESC, use of the new sensor cluster also meets with so-called high-precision specifications. This further improves the performance of highly-developed systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Active Front Steering and Intelligent Headlamp Control.
It also increases the accuracy of fault monitoring on redundant systems. On intelligent cruise control, for example, these more powerful sensors offer improved radar accuracy.
The highly integrated signal processing monitors and analyzes all internal signals. This covers all levels of the signal chain. If the system detects a fault, it is saved in a separate, non-volatile memory and can be read using diagnostic equipment.
This expands the range of diagnostic options, both for the sensors themselves and for the sensor cluster as a whole. In turn, this further enhances the overall product quality and represents a major step towards achieving the Continental quality objective: zero defects.