Continental has won a 2022 Automotive News PACE Award for its MK C2 brake-by-wire system, which was co-developed with the BMW Group. Additionally, BMW Group and Continental were presented with an Innovation Partnership Award for development of the CoSmA ultra-wideband digital vehicle access technology. The awards were announced during the annual ceremony on September 19, 2022, at the Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
“We are honored to receive this award to back up our belief of the positive impact MK C2 will have for drivers,” said Lutz Kuehnke, Head of Business Area Safety and Motion, Continental North America. “Our team thrives off innovation and we’re proud to have that commitment recognized among peers. As you can see, the competition to revolutionize in this space is fierce. Recognition like this inspires us to do even more to shape the future of mobility.”
MK C2, the winning technology of the night, is Continental’s second-generation brake-by-wire system. Based on an outstanding joint development together with BMW Group, MK C2 went into series production for the German premium manufacturer BMW Group in July 2022. The MK C2 is used across all BMW Group vehicle segments, independent of powertrain technology.
The PACE Innovation Partnership Award for Continental and BMW Group was conferred for collaboration on the CoSmA digital access solution technology. CoSmA smart device-based access allows drivers to access and start their vehicle by using digital key on their smartphone. The hands-free access is the first available ultra-wideband based solution on the market today, setting the standard for vehicle access technology.
The technology was developed because of the cross-industry Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), which brought together automotive companies, smartphone manufacturers and technology companies, such as Continental and BMW Group, to drive innovation by enhancing communication and integration between smartphones and vehicles.