Technology company Continental
showcased select technologies from its portfolio at the #STOPTHECRASH India,
organised by Global NCAP on September 26, at Buddh International Circuit,
Greater Noida. Continental, as one of the partners of the “Stop the Crash”
campaign, demonstrated 2-wheeler safety technologies - MiniMAB - one channel
ABS for motorcycles and MK 100 MAB – two channel ABS for motorcycles.
Continental’s solution for
smaller motorcycles and scooters, a one-channel ABS called MiniMAB was
demonstrated at the event. MiniMAB is a small and lightweight solution for
small 2-wheelers, which prevents the front wheel from locking up in case of
sudden braking by the driver, thus avoiding an accident or the vehicle becoming
Also demonstrated was the MK
100 MAB, the next generation of the existing two-channel ABS system. This is
significantly smaller, lighter, and more easily applicable to new types of motorcycles
– and the system is also more price competitive. In the standard configuration,
the new MK 100 MAB includes ABS and a function that recognizes when the rear
wheel has lost contact with the road (Rear-Wheel Lift-Off Protection, RLP).
“With one of the world’s
highest numbers of road accidents and fatalities, India has to adopt relevant
technologies, implement regulation and ensure enforcement to realize Vision
Zero - Zero Fatalities, Zero Injuries, Zero Accidents. Today’s crash avoidance
technologies are capable of preventing many types of vehicle collision before
they happen. Continental has partnered with Global NCAP’s for Stop the Crash to
create awareness of these life-saving technologies,” explained Prashanth
Doreswamy, Head of Continental India.
According to Krishan Kohli,
Head of Continental’s Vehicle Dynamics business in India, “Thanks to
legislation and increasing acceptance of safety technologies, India is emerging
as an important market for airbags, ABS and ESC. Continental already produces
ABS and ESC units in India. Active R&D on safety technologies is also
carried out in India, at our in-house R&D center Technical Centre India
“Two-wheelers account for a
large percentage of road accidents; therefore technologies such as ABS should
be non-negotiable. Yet another technology is the ESC, which is one of the most
important crash avoidance systems currently available for passenger cars. There
is enough data from mature markets that quantify how safety technologies save
lives and reduce fatal injuries,” he added.
Continental set up a line for
localisation of ABS assembly, besides ESC systems, at its existing plant in
Gurgaon in 2016. This plant recently reached the 1 million units milestone for
Electronic Brake Systems (EBS). In 2018, the company introduced production line
for ABS ECU localization in its Bangalore plant. The technology company has
been continuously evaluating possibilities to localize further. Recently,
Continental also announced a new facility for its R&D center in Gurgaon,
dedicated exclusively to its brake systems business.
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