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TRW Automotive Unveils its Next Generation Adaptive Cruise Control AC20 Radar

PRNewswire-FirstCall
BREST, France
Nov 8, 2004

TRW Autocruise Limited, TRW Automotive's adaptive cruise control (ACC) subsidiary, today unveiled its next generation AC20 radar system. The enhanced radar technology will launch on a D segment platform of a major German vehicle manufacturer in spring 2005. The new radar is half the size and weight of TRW's current AC10 model at significantly reduced cost.

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The TRW AC20 radar system offers several enhanced driver assistance function options such as "follow to stop," "collision mitigation" and is a support for future assisted "stop and go" systems.

The ACC is a radar based system which acts as normal cruise control holding the vehicle at a set speed until a slower vehicle appears in front -- then, it automatically accelerates and brakes the vehicle to keep a driver- selected gap (constant time interval) behind the slower vehicle. The information from the 77 GHz radar is analyzed by electronics contained in the ACC unit.

Peter Austen, managing director of TRW Autocruise, said: "We're proud to unveil our latest development. The new radar and enhanced transmit-receive module captures data for an additional 50 meters over the previous system - extending its range to 200 meters. In addition, with the cost reduction we are now able to propose, we've seen significant interest from a number of vehicle manufacturers, especially within the D-segment."

The new radar's control unit offers enhanced driver assistance features to the ACC system including follow to stop, where the system brings the vehicle to a complete standstill. Assisted stop and go, an optional feature planned to be available for future applications, will automatically stop and accelerate the vehicle in stop and go traffic. Furthermore, an additional future option -- emergency brake assist -- will, when appropriate, automatically apply the vehicle's brakes to prevent any delay of reaction from the driver confronted with an obstruction.

TRW Automotive's ACC business is based in Brest, France. The team there has developed the new radar in house in co-operation with TRW braking engineers in the UK, Germany and the US.

The Autocruise ACC system uses MMIC (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit) based radar sensing technology to detect other vehicles on the road ahead. Radar technology operates in all weather conditions, unlike the laser based systems used by some competitors which rely on a clear optical path.

Austen added: "Company and industry research has demonstrated that ACC significantly aids driver comfort by reducing driving stress and fatigue. The research shows that traffic would be really regulated once ACC systems are generalized on the vehicles."

TRW Automotive currently provides ACC systems to Volkswagen for its Phaeton range, a number of truck manufacturers and is actively collaborating with a number of companies for future platforms.

About TRW

With 2003 sales of $11.3 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's top 10 automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, employs approximately 61,000 people in 22 countries. 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 http://www.trwauto.com/ .

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains statements that are not statements of historical fact, but instead are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made in this release. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements are set forth in the TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. final prospectus dated as of February 2, 2004 (the "Prospectus") filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4), our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 (the "10K") and our Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 26, 2004 and June 25, 2004 and include: our substantial leverage; the highly competitive automotive parts industry and its cyclicality; pricing pressures from our customers; increasing costs for purchased components and raw materials; non-performance by, or by insolvency of, our suppliers; product liability and warranty and recall claims; our dependence on our largest customers; limitations on flexibility in operating our business contained in our debt agreements; increases in interest rates; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; the possibility that our owners' interests will conflict with ours; work stoppages or other labor issues and other risks and uncertainties set forth under "Risk Factors" in the Prospectus and the 10-K and in our other SEC filings. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

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CONTACT: Manley Ford, +1-734-855-2616, or John Wilkerson, +1-734-855-3864, both of TRW, or Lynette Jackson of TRW Automotive/Europe, +44-121-506-5315, mobile: +44-7769-643152

Web site: http://www.trwauto.com/


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