TRW Highlights 'Safety For Everyone'

Sep 13, 2011, 05:00 ET from TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hall 8, Stand F20 -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) is demonstrating its commitment to 'the safety everyone deserves' at this year's Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), International Motorshow, in Frankfurt, Germany, which opens today. The Company is highlighting a number of new technology innovations with an emphasis on developing advanced safety technologies suitable for all vehicle platforms and in all markets. TRW will also unveil a number of business development investments that support its growth worldwide, including technology investments in Germany and France, and two new plants in China.

John Plant, TRW Automotive chairman, president and chief executive officer, explained: "At IAA this year, we're explaining the details of how we are delivering cognitive, or intelligent safety technologies for everyone. Currently 1.3 million people(1) are killed on the world's roads each year and several initiatives such as the World Health Organisation's 'Decade of Action' aim to reduce this alarming statistic.

"Such goals require focused action from the industry in helping to ensure that advanced safety technologies are available on all cars and in all markets. To support this trend, TRW is investing in technology solutions that work across established and emerging markets and continues to make significant investments to expand our presence in China, Brazil and India.  Our aim is to assist in making everyone safer – not just those who can afford a luxury vehicle."

Examples of TRW's modular technologies include its electronic stability control (ESC) family; its scalable camera and radar systems; modular airbag kits; and latest generation electrically powered steering systems.

TRW's futuristic new stand uses a range of presentation media to convey its message and technology highlights including 'multi-touch' globe displays, holographic movies and its acrylic car which highlights a number of integrated technologies.

Technology highlights include:

Advanced Thinking

Next generation radar concept 'AC1000' - a short range radar for 360 degree sensing applications to enable blind spot detection, lane change assist, cross traffic alert, park assist and more.

Future Brake System (FBS): vacuum independent, brake boost & control system which offers the full range of brake system functionality from electronic stability control (ESC) to regenerative braking and/or autonomous braking in a single, integrated small package. It offers improved pedal feel and performance over conventional systems with a lower overall weight.

Enhanced video camera sensor to support lane departure warning and lane keeping systems, forward collision warning, forward distance indication, traffic sign recognition, high/low beam control and pedestrian detection.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Collision Mitigation Braking (CMB): combines forward looking radar and video systems to provide autonomous emergency braking if a collision becomes unavoidable. AEB is intended for higher speed driving and CMB for city driving conditions.

Pre-Crash Side Impact System: Side impact sensors supporting blind spot warning and enhancing airbag functionality by potentially reducing time-to-fire.

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Electronic Stability Control (ESC) family - provides three main product architectures – ABS, ESC and ESC Premium – each with distinctly different packaging sizes, but sharing components for standardization purposes.

Electrically Powered Steering (EPS) - based on both a modular and scalable architecture to lower life cycle costs for both the VM and TRW. The scalability of motors, power electronics and transmission hardware to fit the application minimizes the need to make significant design changes.

Low mounted knee airbag - a compact airbag module covering the potential impact area of the lower part of the instrument panel, improving restraint of the occupant's femur and pelvis.

Modular airbag kits - a set of baseline products for passenger-side airbags, side impact airbags, curtain airbags, and knee protection airbags that can be scaled and adjusted to meet all global standards.

Integrated Electric Park Brake (EPBi) - eliminates the requirement for a separate ECU due to its integration with the Electronic Stability Control ECU.

24 GHz mid range radar - an affordable solution supporting distance and collision warning, collision mitigation braking, follow to stop adaptive cruise control ("ACC"), activation of reversible restraint systems and braking.

Safety Domain ECU (SDE) uses open AUTOSAR architecture and integrates a number of chassis, suspension and DAS control functions.

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Braking: TRW's Electronic Stability Control-Premium Hybrid (ESC-PH), Slip Control Boost (SCB) and FBS are compatible with regenerative braking systems for HEVs.

Steering: TRW's Electric Powered Steering and Electrically Powered Hydraulic Steering systems offer considerable fuel/emission benefits.

Driver Assist Systems: Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Guide and systems linked with GPS data all have a positive impact on fuel consumption.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) inform the driver when tires are under inflated to improve rolling resistance and reduce fuel consumption by up to 2%.

(1) Taken from World Health Organisation statistics

About TRW

With 2010 sales of $14.4 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 26 countries and employs over 60,000 people worldwide.  TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.  All references to "TRW Automotive", "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated.  TRW Automotive news is available on the internet at

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