DETROIT – Innovations to make autos safer earned three suppliers Automotive News PACE Awards Monday night.
The 20th annual awards honoring parts makers with outstanding innovations were handed out before an audience of more than 450 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center here.
Continental Automotive won for sensors that help lift the hood to protect pedestrians during a collision. Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. won for headlights that automatically dim to protect the vision of oncoming drivers.
Another safety winner was a system from Valeo that gives drivers an extended view of objects behind them while they are backing up.
The safety focus marked the biggest single pattern among this year’s honorees. A total of 16 suppliers were cited for innovations in products and manufacturing processes. And one of those, Autoliv Inflators Sweden, won for a technology best described as environmental – a green airbag inflator – even though it applies to a safety feature.