German auto supplier Kiekert AG develops ‘autonomous door’ concept
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Kiekert AG, a manufacturer of side-door latches and closure systems for the auto industry, announced it is developing an “autonomous door" concept which will intelligently control access into vehicles, preventing unnecessary dents and scratches on vehicle doors, and help them to completely prevent injuries to pedestrians and other vehicles.
In its 160-year history, Kiekert has developed and produced well over 1.9 billion latches for the international automotive industry and managed to provide innovative solutions, from micro actuators for locking and unlocking functions to the electrical comfort actuator for side doors.
The automotive supplier's latest product solutions also include an electromagnetic brake system with dynamic environment recognition.
Kiekert currently is combining these technologies into the autonomous door, which raises access to the vehicle to a new level, allowing automatic opening of the vehicle door using a fingertip or even digital devices like smartphones.
The company operates engineering and manufacturing centers in Puebla, Mexico, and Wixom, Michigan. Both locations are responsible for more than US$ 250 million in annual revenue.