By APA Bureau
Continental Automotive Brake Systems India Private Limited has inaugurated the local production of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) systems at its manufacturing unit in Manesar, Haryana. The German company intends to strengthen its chassis and safety division in India.
At present, the installed capacity for these products is 600,000 units a year. However, keeping in mind India’s increased focus on safety regulations, the company will double this capacity to 1.2 million units by next year.
The Government of India has taken an initiative to make the country safer by equipping mandatory ABS and speed warning systems as standard equipment in all cars from October 2018.
A glance at the statistics shows how important ABS is for motorcycles. In India, 32,524 lives were lost and over 127,000 people were injured in two- wheeler accidents in 2014. Awareness and enforcement are critical in improving road safety. The recent draft notification from the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways mandates that two- wheelers with engine capacity exceeding 125cc manufactured from April 1, 2017 need to be fitted with anti-lock braking systems. All existing two wheelers exceeding 125cc need to be fitted with anti-lock braking systems from April 1, 2018. With this, the first solid steps have been taken towards achieving the goal of ‘Vision Zero’, the vision of accident-free driving, on Indian roads.
“New regulations and legislations are driving the market in India. We expect market to grow quiet fast,” Matthias Matic, Executive Vice President BU Hydraulic Brake Systems and Member of the Management Board, Continental Teves AG &Co.oHG, said.
While the current installed capacity is for four-wheelers, the company will also set-up a line to manufacture ABS and ESC systems for two-wheelers. India is a market of 20 million two wheelers. The products manufactured in the Manesar facility are mostly meant for domestic consumption but will also be used for vehicles meant for exports.
“Our vision is to have zero fatalities in traffics and zero injury and zero accident. We will start step by step. To avoid accidents, one has to sense oneself and the environment, then build a plan to accelerate / decelerate, switch on light, speed or slow down the vehicle. The car also has to sense that everything is ok, all components are in place, and then it has to build a plan with its own computing power and has to act on it. So this approach is towards autonomous driving and we will increase our presence in all areas,” Felix Bietenbeck, Executive Vice President BU Vehicle Dynamics, Continental Teves AG &Co.oHG, said. It is estimated that about 1.2 million people die every year worldwide on roads of which India accounts for 10 percent. Of this two-wheelers contribute 30 percent fatalities in India. Hence to prevent fatalities and serious injuries on Indian roads, widespread usage of ABS, airbags and ESCs in vehicles can considerably reduce their numbers.
The task of an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) is to maintain braking stability and steering ability during braking on all types of road surfaces. ABS systems allow for the maximum braking effect without the risk of the wheels locking up. ABS therefore improves the vehicle stability and steerability. In order to achieve this, the electronically-controlled braking system captures the speed on all four wheels and calculates the optimum slip conditions by regulating the braking pressure on the individual wheel. Continental’s ABS solution is both modular and scalable and can be customised for various control strategies for both, two- and four-wheelers, Matic said. ESC is an active safety system that recognises unstable driving conditions at the very outset and applies automatic and immediate, corrective action, if necessary. The system constantly evaluates the data from the wheel speed sensors, the steering angle sensor, the yaw rate and lateral acceleration sensor and compares the driver’s input with the vehicle’s actual behaviour. If an unstable state is detected, for instance as the result of a sudden direction change, ESC responds in milliseconds and stabilises the vehicle through wheel-specific brake intervention and adjustment of the engine torque.
Apart from manufacturing facilities, Continental Technical Centre in Bengaluru, which supports research & development (R&D) projects across the entire Asian region. Continental Automotive India currently operates nine facilities in India – of these five are automotive and four are rubber plants. The Technical Centre has around 2000 engineers. “We are on a path to invest in India – to invest into the technology side and volume side. We have more products in pipeline,” Bietenbeck said.
Asia remains the number one growth market for the automotive industry, and the numbers are impressive: Over 50 percent of all vehicles produced worldwide come from Asian car manufacturers. The company is strengthening development capacities in Japan and India. The company’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) business unit also focuses on India as a location for its engineering activities in Asia. Here the business unit develops software and algorithms for advanced driver assistance systems.
Continental Automotive Components (India) Pvt. Ltd is part of Continental AG and began operating in India in 2008 with headquarters in Bangalore. At present, the company has four manufacturing locations, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Manesar and Pune, located strategically in the automotive hubs of the country.
With three automotive divisions, interior, powertrain and chassis and safety, Continental Automotive Components India develops and manufactures a wide range of electronic products in its Bangalore plant, including engine management and power steering ECUs, immobilisers, body control modules and instrument clusters for all vehicle segments.
It also manufactures actuation drum brakes, calipers, powertrain and chassis sensors, fuel supply modules and fuel rail assemblies in its other locations in India. In addition, the company supplies ABS, airbag electronics, pumps, injectors and sensors to its customers in India from its global plants.
With a specialized R&D team dedicated to Interior Electronics in Pune, the company also offers integrated interior electronics solutions to its customers.