Pedestrian protection system

  • 07-Nov-2010 12:50 EST


Continental’s pedestrian protection system fundamentally enhances the protection of pedestrians on the roads. Flexibly built into the bumper, the system features a type of air hose laid across the entire width of the car and connected to two pressure sensors. The hose is situated directly behind the foam block that is fitted at the front of the vehicle to absorb energy. Within 10-15 ms of an impact, the active hood of the vehicle is triggered and raised by special actuators, preventing the pedestrian who has been hit from being severely injured or killed by the impact with the hood and underlying engine block. The extra space provided between the hood and engine can considerably mitigate the consequences of the accident. In a collision, sensors detect the change in pressure in the plastic hose. Continental developed the pressure hose sensor in partnership with Daimler.

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