The Automotive Systems division
of the Continental AG developed its integrated
safety approach by networking all active and
passive safety systems under one keyword: APIA
(Active Passive Integration Approach).
With the help of a dummy on a
preceding vehicle (above photo) that can swivel
away upwards, experts can "experience"
the APIA principle on the test track. In this
project, Continental networks complex technologies
to enhance driving safety.
Several elements of APIA can
already be found on production vehicles, and the
project itself is currently in development for
production applications. Jürgen Diebold: "In
the future, systems networking will experience
huge advances in development.
The "seeing" car of
the future will feature onboard intelligence, data
interchange with other vehicles, and telematics
information, allowing it to actively avoid a large
proportion of potential accidents."