Advanced automotive safety features will appear in all model ranges, says TRW

July 05, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier TRW will display its most advanced active, passive and integrated safety technologies at the IAA International Motorshow in Frankfurt in mid-September. Among the technologies to be displayed are driver assist systems including the company's next generation S-CAM 3 video camera and AC1000 radar; intelligent controllers such as TRW’s safety domain ECU which can integrate multiple chassis and driver assist functions; actuators including integrated brake control and electrically powered steering; and adaptive occupant safety technologies and improved rear seat safety solutions.

Peter Lake, executive vice president sales and business development for TRW Automotive, explained: “The automotive industry is entering a period of immense change as the market aims to significantly reduce the number of road related fatalities this decade and beyond. While advanced safety technologies have been offered on luxury vehicles for several years, their fitment is now being spurred across multiple vehicle segments by a combination of regulatory mandates, New Car Assessment Program ratings, insurance incentives and consumer demand." He added that the company has a technology roadmap for the move towards semi-autonomous driving: from warning, through assist and up to auto-pilot style driving, with the driver in the loop and the systems able to take control of the vehicle in certain conditions.

TRW is highlighting a number of new safety technologies:

  • Next generation S-CAM 3 video camera with six times the processing power of the current S-CAM camera to provide higher performance and a number of advanced new functions.
  • TRW's AC1000 next generation radar family will be suitable for front, rear and side sensing applications and will also be able to detect pedestrians.
  • Next generation Safety Domain ECU to gather, process and act on the increasing levels of data created for high level safety functions, and
  • Rear seat passive safety technologies