GM goes with Delphi’s passive occupant detection system

Delphi Automotive Systems has won a contract with General Motors for its advanced passive occupant detection system (PODS).

The technology will be featured on various GM programs between 2001 and 2004. Specific program details will be announced at a later date.

The technology was first introduced last year as standard equipment on the 2001 Jaguar XK sports car series Adaptive Restraint Technology System (ARTS). It has since been slated for use on other Ford Motor Company products.

Delphi’s PODS is a seat-based sensor system that provides information to an airbag computer that then determines whether to suppress or allow the deployment of an airbag based on a passenger’s weight.

Recently enacted legislation requires that vehicles marketed in the United States must begin implementation of an advanced airbag system, with 100 percent compliance required by model year 2006.