Takata uses computational crash simulation and dynamic crash testing for safety system development. In addition, Takata’s facilities include sled testing that can simulate the impact of collisions. Takata’s R&D programs, rooted in expertise in occupant safety, are supported by these facilities and technologies.
Countries and regions around the world have varying climates, customs, driving conditions, and other attributes. Takata has established R&D centers in three regions to meet such global diversity. The centers are in Asia (Japan-Shiga Prefecture), North America (United States- Auburn Hills, Michigan), and Europe (Germany- Berlin). These R&D centers are also able to share technological ideas and the successful results of their research. Takata’s global R&D cooperation has resulted in a timely and speedy fashion to create products that are suited to meet the needs and requirements of various countries.
There are many crash configurations in automobile accidents. These include head-on, rear-end, side impact and rollover accidents. These configurations also need to account for accidents that occur at both low and high speeds. Accidents can also include collisions involving pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles or any other object found on or along side the road. To reduce the possibility of harm to passengers, we have to understand all of these various accident configurations and innovatively think about the best systems to protect them. Takata conducts analyses from many perspectives, including looking into the causes of accidents, the seriousness of injuries as a result of a collision, and other related topics, with the aim of developing systems that protect people.
Takata also develops systems that help address dangerous driving situations by minimizing fatigue and making driving more pleasant and convenient. By developing sensors that look outside the vehicle, these systems can warn the driver in advance of potentially dangerous situations. In the event of an accident, Takata has also developed systems which detect the magnitude of the collision and provide information on the condition of the passengers that can be useful to rescuers.
Takata also looks beyond the protection of occupants. Takata has developed systems that can protect motorcyclists, bicycle riders, and pedestrians. Looking to the future, as traffic conditions become increasingly complex, Takata pursues the development of total safety systems to enhance safety in all types of situations involving automobiles.
*This diagram illustrates both current Takata products and products under
development. It does not refer to any existing system already under production.
During a collision, sensors detect the resulting impact, and Takata seat belts, airbags and other safety devices all go into action to reduce passenger injuries. These systems and devices are referred to as “passive safety” systems.
Today, development of active safety systems (ones that prevent accidents) as well as pre-crash safety systems has begun. These systems are expected to someday provide support to the driver, assisting in the areas of “recognizing,” “making judgments,” and “handling the car”. Thereby, making driving safer. These systems include pre-crash sensors that detect objects approaching the car. Information from the sensors is transmitted to a control unit that can process it and diagnose impending danger. In addition, there are pre-crash protection devices and equipment that can prepare for the impending crash before it happens.
In recent years, it has become possible to predict collisions in advance through the use of systems that forecast danger and provide warnings. One such system that has already been developed is called a “motorized seat belt”. These systems can warn the driver about any potential danger through the actuation of a servo-motor in the seat belt system which tightens the seat belt and helps improve the passengers’ posture. When the collision does occur, these systems can better protect both passengers by putting them in a better position. Takata now have these systems commercially available.
Pedestrian Protection Systems
- Status of Pedestrian Accidents
※Commercial vehicles (trucks, buses, etc.) are Included in Other
Pedestrian Protection: Now and in the Future
Advances in Side Collision Protection Systems
Systems for Crash Scenarios
- Protecting occupants during a side-impact crash poses a challenge for present technologies. Takata’s quest for faster crash-detection methods has led to innovative technologies that meet the stringent requirement of detecting these types of impact. In the case of a side impact collision, the airbag needs to inflate before the occupant contacts the door or window. In the case of a rollover accident, the airbag needs to inflate to protect the passenger’s head from contacting various items, both internal to the car and external. Takata’s challenge and driving force are to continue to develop safety systems that provide protection in any type of crash scenario.