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Airbag Deactivation by Automatic Child Seat Identification
Published December 02, 2002 by Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie in Germany
Event: Airbag 2002
With the Child Seat Presence and Orientation Detection system, there is already a technology available in the market that offers a reliable automatic airbag deactivation and a high ease of use.
Over 6 million vehicles worldwide have been fitted with the system so far and offer the provision to recognize resonator child seats.
Some hurdles for an increased market penetration still exist: higher cost of resonator child seats compared to conventional ones; a limited number of resonator child seat types available on the market; and manufacturer specific approval of resonator child seats. These can be overcome in the near future.
The miniaturization and cost reduction of resonator technology, together with the possible development of retrofit kits for child seats, offer the potential for increased distribution of this technology and eventually the automatic recognition of all future child seats and even their orientation.
A general compatibility between all resonator child seats and all CPOD-equipped vehicles appears to be possible, if the technical specifications are fulfilled.
The definition of an open industry standard, as is being developed by the named companies, would provide a basis for the worldwide implementation of the automatic Child Seat Presence and Orientation Detection System.