IEE seat sensors help optimize airbags in new Mini Coupe
Safety specialist IEE equips the Mini Coupe with an occupant sensing system that adjusts the operation of the airbag with help from a pressure-sensitive matrix sensor in the seat. Pattern recognition and anthropometric parameters tell the airbag control unit if the seat is vacant, occupied by a child seat, a child or an adult. The information is used to control how the airbag is deployed if there is an accident.
With assistance from Robert Bosch's common-rail diesel-injection system, oxygen sensor and stop-start starter, the Mini Coupe's SD variant promises CO2 emissions of 114 grams per kilometer, which translates into 54.7 U.S. mpg and 65.7 UK mpg. Bosch also supplies the control unit and injectors for the Mini Coupe's gasoline engines.
At higher speeds, airflow on the new coupe is helped by the integrated spoiler from Magna International that is part of the roof. Magna also supplies the coupe with body side moldings, front and rear bumpers, sun visors, door and cockpit modules, interior mirrors and window lifters.
The coupe is assembled at Mini parent BMW's factory in Oxford, England. The plant also makes the hatchback, cabriolet, Clubman, Clubvan and Roadster model lines.