Source: Continental announcement

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Technology company Continental has won a 2022 Automotive News PACE Award for its MK C2 brake-by-wire system.

Additionally, BMW Group and Continental were presented with an Innovation Partnership Award for their development of the CoSmA ultra-wideband digital vehicle access technology. The awards were announced during the annual ceremony on September 19 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.

MK C2 brake system contributes to the overall performance of a vehicle by making it more efficient, safer, and scalable. The system integrates the master cylinder (MC), brake booster and control systems (ABS and ESC) into a single compact and lightweight module. In terms of benefits to the driver, the system offers significantly quicker buildup of autonomous braking pressure than conventional hydraulic systems, resulting in a swift response when braking.

“The MK C2 enables a new future of braking,” said Kuehnke. “It can be integrated in all types of powertrain architectures and, thanks to its high efficiency, reduces CO2 while extending range. The MK C2 is scalable to support SAE Level 3 or higher. The capabilities and benefits offered by MK C2 bring the brake-by-wire system to the next level.”

In 2017, Continental was honored with the PACE Award for its integrated brake system MK C1, the first iteration of the brake-by-wire solution. The MK C2 has been in series production since July 2022.

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