HANNOVER, Germany (April 7, 2000)—Continental A.G., parent of Continental General Tire Inc. in the U.S., has won a major contract to supply its intelligent tire system for a global car platform.
Production will begin in 2002 for a 2003 production model, said Chairman Stephan Kessel. He would not name the customer because of a confidentiality agreement.
The patented "smart tire" has been under development since the mid-1990s, and Conti´s acquisition of ITT Automotive´s brake and chassis business in 1998 has allowed the company to mate .
The contract is a breakthrough for Continental. The company´s ITS system is the first to use tire-based sensors to control a car´s brake and traction systems.
ITS measures the deformation of the sidewall of a tire, allowing closer monitoring of the forces between tire and road. This results in a shorter stopping distance and better maneuverability.
Continental´s ITS system has been widely shown and tested, but until now Continental had not won any customers.
"It is very good news for our dream of integrating tires and chassis," Mr. Kessel said. &Copy;