Continuing Evolution in Safety Systems

From Dream to Reality

Our goal at Takata is to have zero victims due to automobile accidents. That is the dream that drives us everyday. Step one in our development process is to intimately understand automobile crashes. We gather and analyze traffic accident data from Japan, the United States, and Europe to better understand why accidents happen. Moreover, in cooperation with the U.S. government and university research organizations, we bring a bioengineering perspective to the study of the mechanisms of crash injuries.
Takata strives to know what happens within a traffic accident and using that knowledge, develop systems that can help protect those occupants involved. In recent years, the scope of protective systems has expanded to include not only automobile passengers but also motorcycle riders and pedestrians. Takata was the first company in the world to mass-produce airbags for protecting motorcyclists. Takata has also developed active safety systems that help to prevent accidents before they occur, pre-crash safety systems that lessen injuries in collisions, and other innovative systems that help prevent occupant injury or death. These systems are being designed to support the three driver actions of "recognition," "judgment, "and "handling." They help to maintain safe driving and avoid dangerous situations. For example, among pre-crash safety systems, we have developed systems that detect objects the car is approaching and actuate safety systems before collisions occur.

Takata is combining these active safety systems with its existing safety systems, such as seat belts and airbags, which it has developed over many years. Going forward, as the driving environment becomes more complex, our target is to think of all potential events that may occur around automobiles and move ahead with the development of Total Safety Systems.

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