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Siemens Debuts Vehicle Blind
Spot Detection Technology
HILLS, Mich., March 9/ -- Even with rearview and side-view mirrors,
most drivers still struggle with blind spots in traffic. Siemens VDO Automotive's new Blind Spot Detection System (BSDS)
can help drivers keep their eyes on the road, while warning them
when a vehicle is approaching and passing through blind spots.
uses radar sensors mounted to the back of the rear wheels and the
outside of the vehicle, which detect objects approaching the
driver's blind spot area. Each
sensor uses two overlapping radar beams to cover the observation
zone and reliably detect objects traveling at high speeds.
DuPont Performance Coatings
Wins 2004 Auto Industry PACE Award
March 9 / -- DuPont Performance Coatings has received the Automotive
News PACE Award for a unique "wet-on-wet" coatings system
that enables two-tone styling in one pass through the paint line for
Ford Super Duty Trucks. The
new technology saves costs and boosts assembly line output of the
fast-selling F-250 and F-350 pick-up trucks.
Automotive News PACE Awards are given annually by Automotive News,
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Transportation Research Center Inc.
The award recognizes supplier innovation in process and
State Farm and the NYLC Launch
Teen Safe Driving Campaign
March 9 / -- State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council
have announced the launch of a new nationwide service: Project
Ignition ’05 – a learning project for high school students. For
2005, the topic is Teen Driver Safety – a particularly appropriate
choice as car crashes are the #1 killer of teens.
Ignition is an opportunity for students and teachers in various
classes to work together to create a public awareness campaign for
their school and/or community on the subject of Teen Driver Safety.
Continental is Developing a Car
That Can Help Avoid Accidents
DETROIT, March 9 / --
Continental has started work on a car of the future that will
feature electronic reflexes that will help drivers maintain control
and avoid accidents. Their
APIA (Active Passive Integration Approach) project relies on data
interchange between all of the active and passive safety systems
that collect information on the activities of the driver, the
behavior of the vehicle, and the status of the driving environment.
The key component of APIA is the danger control module.
For any given situation, this module computes a hazard
potential which reflects the current accident risk.