Continental's New Rear Cross Traffic Alert Wins Toyota's Technology &
Recognition for the further development of the system for monitoring the blind
spot: when reversing out of a parking space, a new generation of sensors warns
the driver of a potential collision with vehicles passing behind.
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany and NAGOYA, Japan, Feb. 25, 2013
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany and NAGOYA, Japan, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/
--The Toyota Motor Corporation presented Continental, the international
automotive supplier, with its Technology & Development Award in recognition of
Continental's development of a new generation of radar based sensors for a
'Rear Cross Traffic Alert' (RCTA) system on February 21, 2013.
"We have a long-standing partnership with Toyota as one of its suppliers. The
award for our innovative, high-quality vehicle components and the confidence
that has been placed in us makes us proud and is a further incentive," said
Dr. Elmar Degenhart, Chief Executive Officer of Continental AG, who accepted
the award at a ceremony held during the Toyota Global Suppliers Convention in
Nagoya, Japan. "Our aim is to exceed our customers' expectations every day,
which is why we are delighted that our efforts have been rewarded in this way.
In close collaboration with vehicle manufacturers, we develop system solutions
which are perfectly tailored to the respective requirements of each market,"
he added. This is the first time that Continental has received an award
directly from the Toyota Motor Corporation and is the only non-Japanese
supplier to receive an award in this category this year.
This annual Technology & Development Award recognizes suppliers whose
innovations allow Toyota vehicles to be equipped with the very latest
technologies. Continental received the award for the development of the RCTA,
which builds on its existing technology for detecting vehicles in the blind
spot. When reversing out of a parking space, this new generation of sensors
detects vehicles passing behind and warns the driver of a potential collision.
The particular contribution made by this electronic Rear Cross Traffic Alert
is that it helps to prevent accidents when reversing out of a parking space.
The new generation of Lexus ES models, introduced in 2012, was the first to be
fitted with this Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Continental now supplies these
sensors for more than ten Toyota models.
Like existing systems for blind spot monitoring, the RCTA is based on two
short-range radar sensors, located out of sight in the right-hand and
left-hand corners of the vehicle behind the plastic bumper. From this
position, they monitor the areas to the sides of the vehicle and are able to
detect any vehicles passing behind. At present, the RCTA is designed to detect
cars, motorcycles and bicycles that are within at least 35 meters and
traveling at a speed of somewhere between 5 km/h and 30 km/h. If the advanced
driver assistance system detects an imminent collision, a warning will sound
and LEDs will light up in the interior rear view mirror to alert the driver.
The warning strategy employed can, of course, be modified in accordance with
the vehicle manufacturer's requirements. Additionally, it will be possible,
with the next generation, to automatically apply the vehicle's brakes in case
of a potential collision.
With preliminary sales of euro 32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the
leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems,
systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation,
infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers,
Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate
protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile
communication. Continental currently has approximately 170,000 employees in 46
Contact: Soeren Pinkow, External Communications, Continental, Division Chassis
& Safety, Guerickestraße 7, 60488 Frankfurt am Main, Tel.: +49 69 7603-8492,
Fax: +49 69 7603-3945, email@example.com,
www.continental-automotive.com; Brad Jackson, Communications, Continental
Automotive NAFTA, One Continental Drive, Auburn Hills, MI 48168, Tel.: +1
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