This is just one example of smart seat belts from ZF. Our Active Control Retractor
(ACR) seat belt technology demonstrates just how advanced seat belts have become and how they will play a key role in the future. The ACR can help provide driver alerts using vibration of the belt
if the car wanders out of its lane or gets too close to another vehicle. This will be key as automated driving functions become more prevalent and drivers no longer need to have their hands on the steering wheel or feet on the pedals – the seat belt will now be one of the only contact points with vehicle occupants - and studies show they are a very effective way of getting peoples’ attention.
Of course, these belts also offer significant safety benefits. Seat belt slack can be removed to tighten the belt in response to autonomous emergency braking, before the brakes are applied - to help keep the occupant in a better position before a potential crash occurs – and if the crash is avoided, the technology is reversible and returns to normal belt function.
So, whether it’s an active buckle lifter or an active control retractor, seat belts are becoming more interactive and providing greater benefits for the cars of today and tomorrow.