Technologies Developed by Continental
ABS, which stands for Anti-lock Brake System, is a system that controls the braking force applied to the wheels to prevent locking or skidding. Through the use of sensors, it prevents the vehicle from losing control or overturning when braking abruptly.
Since you probably associate Continental only with tires, this fact may surprise you: Continental was actually responsible for introducing the first ABS in history and implemented this technology in 1969 for cars. In 2006, Continental helped equip some its firts ABS systems for motorcycles.
Here at Continental, in addition to producing tires for cars, motorcycles, bicycles and heavy machinery, and more, we also have a very important department that develops electronics and safety systems. Within this division, there are sub-departments working on various safety, intelligence and efficient mobility technologies. This sector of Continental is in charge of responding to the company’s global campaign called VisionZero. Dedicated to safety, it aims for zero accidents, zero injuries, zero deaths on the road.
As mentioned above, in 2006 Continental launched its first anti-lock braking system for motorcycles, but it did so by taking a step forward with intelligent ABS. This integrated system acts in three steps:
Combined braking on both wheels, even if only the front brake lever is pressed.
The system recognizes the intention to brake and applies appropriate pressure to the rear brake.
The system determines the braking distribution and pressures on both axles to dynamically prevent safe braking in the shortest possible distance.
This integral system also managed to add a new ABS function in curve, where its operation is adapted depending on the speed, inertias and the angle of inclination of each moment. This is done thanks to a data check about 100 times per second by various sensors. The result is a better distribution of braking on both axles, controlled and optimized. In addition, it also prevents rear wheel lift and assists in the hill-start function.
We must remember that before the development of ABS, both cars and motorcycles could not brake during a turn. When the brake is applied on a vehicle without ABS, the wheels are locked, with no option to change direction, the user loses full control of the vehicle and has no option to maneuver in case of an obstacle.
Continental is always working to improve the capabilities of its tires. Our latest release, the ContiRoadAttack 4, one of the most advanced in our catalog, has been created to work in conjunction with the rest of the bike’s parts. In this way, its compound is able to better adapt to braking situations on motorcycles with ABS, offering added safety for the rider.