Saft is to supply primary lithium metal oxide batteries to automotive electronics firm Actia for ‘eCall’ safety device.
The batteries will provide emergency power for Actia's ACU-II (Automotive Communications Unit), a device that will be installed in new vehicles for Actia's high-end European car manufacturer customers.
The ACU-II provides services that improve the connectivity of motor vehicles, with the main application being for eCall, the new safety system that will be mandatory for all new European Union vehicles from 2015.
eCall devices detect when a car has experienced a serious accident. The device then automatically contacts the emergency services with the car's exact location, direction of travel and number of passengers.
As well as eCall functionality, the ACU-II will also provide drivers with the ability to track their car and control aspects of their vehicle through a smartphone application, for example locking or unlocking doors, or turning on the heater.
The batteries selected will power the ACU-II in emergency situations and have been specially designed to cope with this demanding automotive application.
Ralf Sauer, European Sales and Marketing Manager for Saft's Tadiran, said: "Drivers and passengers will benefit from the ability of Saft's AA sized lithium metal oxide batteries to hold a charge for many years."