Airbag ECU´s (Electronic Control Units) and Satellite Sensors (Collision Sensors)
Airbag ECU´s are collision-detecting sensors that determine the magnitude of an impact in approximately 10/1,000ths of a second. By measuring the collision data, the ECU activates airbags and other safety restraining equipment appropriately. Takata developed the sensors, the heart of the automobile collision safety systems, in the early 1990s. We have since expanded the range of impact detection to include head-on collisions, side collisions and rollover incidents.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Systems
Lane and road departures account for a high percentage of traffic injuries and fatalities each year. Takata has developed and is marketing its new LDW system to help drivers from having their vehicles unintentionally departing their lane or going off the road. Distracted driving, not paying attention, and sleepy drivers contribute heavily to this type of accident and our LDW system provides accurate warnings to the driver before an accident occurs. Takata has perfected its Lane Departure Warning system through millions of miles of testing and development in all various road conditions. This new product compliments Takata´s other electronic products, which include collision sensors, ECUs (Electronic Control Units), Occupant Classification Systems, and other safety related electronics. These systems could become the "eyes" helping to maintain safety and contribute to reducing the number of traffic accidents.
Seat Weight Sensors
Takata´s seat weight-sensor systems, which are installed in the front passenger seat, were developed for the North American market. When the front passenger seat is empty or a child seat is positioned in the seat, the airbags will not be activated. Seat weight sensors measure the weight of passengers in the front seat and are designed to determine the occupant´s body type. In the case of smaller passengers, including those in child seats positioned in the front passenger seat, the sensors help to enhance safety in collisions by either turning off the airbag function or making the airbag open with less force. For this purpose, these sensors are constantly making determinations about the body type of occupants when the car is moving.