Berkeley, CA --- BeBop Sensors unveils its Automotive Occupant Classification System (OCS) featuring embedded car seat sensors with intelligent car occupant sensing technology for safer airbag deployment. BeBop’s smart fabric sensor OCS continuously takes full seat pressure images real-time, detecting pressure information and movement from the entire seat for all aspects of physical contact between the occupant and the seat, including leaning forward or back, left or right, crossing legs, detecting the rigid bottom of a child’s booster seat, the occupant’s size and weight, and more.

Current Car OCS Systems Only Estimate Weight of Passenger – Little Intelligence is Used

Current Automotive Occupant Classification Systems (OCS) only estimate the weight of a passenger in order to deploy or disable airbags when determining if a child or infant car seat is placed on the front passenger seat. In these old weight-based systems, a bag of groceries and a small child look the same, since they rely on a combination of outdated bladders, hoses, and pressure sensors to estimate the weight on the seat. Armed with only weight information, very little intelligence is used to determine airbag deployment, resulting in numerous malfunctions. Due to the increasing failure rates in current OCS systems and the resulting recalls, automobile manufacturers are looking for more intelligent and dependable OCS solutions.

The BeBop Advantage – Granular Detail in Real Time

BeBop’s high-resolution OCS sensing system provides the granular detail required for next generation classification systems, which need to distinguish subtle details and changes to an occupant’s position and movements in real time. BeBop’s flexible, waterproof OCS sensor system, at 1 mm, is thin enough to be placed under the seat cover. The fabric-based sensors are substantially lighter than any other liquid-based OCS solutions, ensuring minimal weight is added to the seat construction. BeBop’s OCS sensors also have no moving parts, further increasing reliability. The sensors are automotive grade (environmental specs and durability) and can be custom designed for any seat in the front or back row.

BeBop Sensors is working now with OEMs in the automotive industry to develop and deploy custom fabric sensors for OCS/safety applications, autonomous vehicles, comfort enhancement and soft-switch control interfaces.

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