AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Nov. 8, 2010) —Two innovations from Continental's Automotive Group were named finalists for the 2011 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers Contribution to Excellence) Awards.
The Conti technologies are its Accelerator Force Feedback Pedal (AFFP) and EC (Electronic Commutation) Fuel Pump.
The Automotive News PACE Awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Now in its 17th year, the award is recognized as an industry benchmark for innovation. Automotive News is a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.
“Our strategy is focused on developing products that improve safety, performance, fuel economy and environmental impact and we're proud to see two of our innovations recognized by the judging committee,” said Samir Salman, CEO of Continental's Automotive Group in North America, in a press release.
The AFFP helps improve real-world safety and fuel economy by coaching and assisting drivers by delivering haptic—that is, technology that interfaces with the user through the sense of touch—feedback through the accelerator pedal. The AFFP helps drivers to slow their speed and initiate braking sooner, thereby helping reduce rear-impact collisions, according to Conti.
When integrated with a GPS navigation system, AFFP can help reduce run-off-the-road accidents, which account for 70 percent of all fatal single-vehicle crashes. Using map data and information about vehicle status, a driver assistance system incorporating AFFP can calculate a safe speed for a given corner and trigger a warning to the driver to decelerate or brake before entering the curve, the company added.
Continental's EC Fuel Pump is an electronically commutated, in-tank fuel pump that improves vehicle energy consumption and reduces CO2 emissions in gasoline, diesel, flex-fuel vehicles or any other tank fluid. Conti said it features a “robust, brushless design that improves life-time by more then 50 percent, while improving energy use by as much as 70 percent when compared to conventional uncontrolled fuel pumps and by 10 percent over DC demand regulated pumps.”
Continental claims it is the first supplier to bring both of these technologies to market in mass production.
The 2011 PACE Awards will be presented on April 11, 2011, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.