Continental says its systems approach will make it easier to offer automakers integrated safety solutions (Photo: Continental)

Continental, which sees its ability to offer integrated solutions as a major competitive advantage, has combined its inertial sensors and airbag control segments into a new unit, Passive Safety & Sensorics.

The German automotive supplier said the move resulted from the increased integration of stability control (ESC) functions into airbag control units. Sensor clusters will be integrated into airbag control units in more than 50 pc of automotive platforms by 2016, it predicted.

Head of the new Frankfurt-based unit will be Bernhard Klumpp, who said the merged segments will be more effective in offering automakers technically sophisticated concepts. "Sensor technologies will have a positive influence on passive safety in the future," Klumpp said in a press release.

Continental said the combination of the two divisions reinforces the systems approach of its Chassis & Safety division. It said the new unit will  "provide integrated solutions for more safety in order to meet individual customers’ requirements on a global scale."

Klumpp will lead all activities regarding chassis and safety sensors as well as occupant safety worldwide. He has been with Continental since 2001 and worked for the group in various positions in Germany and Mexico.