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TRW Automotive Unveils Touch Sensor Technology

Dec 1, 2004

TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH & Co. KG today unveiled its latest touch sensor technology which has the capability to transform human / machine interfaces for control systems. The company is working with two major German vehicle manufacturers to bring the technology to market in 2007.


TRW's touch sensor technology uses a control surface, much like that of a laptop computer, in place of mechanical switches. The technology replaces traditional mechanical control functions from simple on and off switches, through larger input devices such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

TRW has also developed a multifunction control module for interface with driver information and communication systems. A key feature is the capability for handwriting recognition, which enables fast and intuitive operation of mobile phones and navigation systems.

Ernst Hafner, new business development manager of TRW Automotive's Body Control Systems organization for Europe and emerging markets, explained: "TRW touch sensor technology has significant advantages for the driver. We can group many functions together, and our research has demonstrated that it offers significant ergonomic and packaging improvements.

"In particular, independent tests have demonstrated that the handwriting recognition touch sensor offers reduced driver distraction and improved control and character input speed compared with the driver interfacing directly with a mobile telephone or navigation system. The technology recognizes hand written numbers, letters and symbols. The user 'writes' individual characters with a single finger on the touch sensor area which is recognized by software and can be acknowledged by audible feedback -- enabling complex input without requiring the driver's eyes to leave the road ahead."

Applications for the new technology include controls for doors and mirrors, air outlet functions, and steering wheel functions. It offers new possibilities for interior design and materials and 3D integration with styled vehicle surfaces.

TRW is developing both the simple and multi level control and handwriting concepts for launch in 2007.

About TRW

TRW Automotive Electronics & Components GmbH & Co. KG is an indirect subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: 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 .

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, June 25, 2004, and September 24, 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 of TRW Automotive, +1-734-855-2616, John Wilkerson of TRW Automotive/North America, +1-734-855-3864, or Lynette Jackson of TRW Automotive/Europe/Asia, +44-121-506-5315

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