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TRW Highlights Semi-Automated Driving at IAA 2013


FRANKFURT--Sept. 10, 2013: Hall 8, Stand F20 – TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. is highlighting how its next generation of safety technologies is laying the foundations to enable semi-automated driving at this year's Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt this year. The Company will unveil several technology innovations and outline how it can support customers in meeting future legislative and New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) requirements.

John Plant, TRW Automotive chairman and chief executive officer, explained: "Over the next decade, active safety systems will become increasingly intelligent as greater efforts are made to reduce the number of road fatalities worldwide. More automated functions will be introduced that will operate continuously in certain situations in addition to providing emergency support when needed. At IAA 2013, TRW is outlining its portfolio of semi-automated driving functions.

"Moreover, we will see a greater market penetration of both active and passive safety technologies as new mandates, changes to NCAP schemes and insurance incentives come into force worldwide. Our technology roadmap has been specifically designed to support these trends and to ensure that our systems are affordable for all vehicle segments and in all markets."

Plant added: "Due to the breadth of our safety portfolio and depth of our systems integration expertise, TRW is ideally positioned to continue to help improve the protection of drivers, occupants and other road users globally."

TRW's new stand uses a range of techniques and presentation media to convey its message including a new acrylic car with an interactive, moderated show, 'multi-touch' screen displays, holographic films and more.

Technology highlights include:

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Next generation radar concept 'AC1000' – an advanced radar for 360 degree sensing applications to support a range of safety and convenience functions including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, lane change assist, cross traffic alert and more.

Next generation video camera sensor 'S-CAM 3' - enhanced video camera sensor with six times the processing power of previous generation systems to support lane departure warning and lane keeping systems, forward collision warning, forward distance

indication, traffic sign recognition, high/low beam control, pedestrian detection and a range of new functions.

Next generation Safety Domain ECU 'SDE 2' – an integration hub which can process data from multiple driver assist systems, chassis and suspension functions in one unit. SDE 2 will offer enhanced performance when compared to its previous generation and will be a key technology in supporting semi-automated driving and car2car communication.

Active/ Reversible seat belt technologies: TRW's state-of-the-art seat belt systems help manage occupant energy during a vehicle crash. The latest TRW seat belt technologies can help vehicle occupants locate and fasten the buckle; reduce seat belt slack in dynamic driving situations; and decrease the possibility of occupants being out-of- position. TRW offers both front- and rear-seat applications.

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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.

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Integrated Brake Control system (IBC): 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 automated braking in a single, integrated small package. It offers improved pedal feel and performance over conventional systems with a lower overall weight.

Steering: TRW's Electrically Powered Steering and Electrically Powered Hydraulic Steering systems offer considerable fuel/emission benefits and enhanced functions like side wind compensation, semi-automated parking and many more.