MANHASSET, N.Y. CTS Corp. (Elkhart, Ind.) said that it has been selected by Ford Motor company to develop a occupant classification system (OCS) to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 (FMVSS208), slated to take effect the 2006 model year.
According to CTS, Ford selected the company to develop this production-intent occupant classification system based upon the demonstrated performance of CTS' next generation system currently in development. Tests of the CTS OCS showed it to meet the federal requirements under all operating conditions while also addressing several key packaging and application needs of Ford.
FMVSS208 requires that by the 2006 model year, one hundred percent of all passenger vehicles sold in the United States be able to distinguish if a small child is in the front passenger seat so that the air bag deployment can be controlled to protect the child.
The North American market for Occupant Classification Systems is estimated to be about $1 billion annually once the federal mandate takes place in 2006. CTS' OCS is slated to enter the market as soon as the 2008 model year.