Continental’s plant in Manesar, India reached a milestone of producing one million speed sensor units a month. The speed sensor product portfolio of Continental includes wheel, engine and transmission speed sensors for passenger vehicles, while for 2-Wheelers it is wheel and engine speed sensors.
The signals from the wheel speed sensors are required for control systems like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). This information is used to prevent the wheels from locking or spinning, thus taking an appropriate control action to maintain the vehicle’s stability and steering responses. When BS-VI comes into action in April 2020, the emission norms will demand advanced technologies to support the upgradation. This is where engine speed sensors will be of great value as they provide information to the Engine Management System to control the ignition and injection times, allowing compliance to the exhaust gas regulation and reduction in fuel consumption. The transmission speed sensors provide a highly accurate speed signal of gear in the transmission box. The sensor signals are used by the Transmission Control Unit (TCU) to control the transmission box.
The company has been successfully creating a localization value chain starting from marketing, R&D to design according to local customers’ requirements. In 2016, Continental established a line for ABS and ESC assembly in its brake systems plant, Gurgaon, followed by localising electronic control units for ABS and ESC in its Bangalore plant in 2018. Continental also expanded the capacity by adding two new lines to increase the assembly of ABS and ESC units in its Gurgaon plant.
“Continental has been an ardent advocate and promoter of integrated road safety technologies across different markets. On-road fatalities in India are significantly higher, as compared to other markets. For this reason, it becomes critical for us to have a strong focus on road safety technologies for the region. With our wide portfolio of safety technologies, we are supporting OEMs in India and in the global market to achieve an optimal level of vehicle safety”, says Prashanth Doreswamy, Market Head of Continental India and Managing Director, Continental Automotive, India.