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TRW Brings Integrated Safety to Wider Vehicle Markets

Sep 12, 2007

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in active and passive safety systems, is demonstrating its success in integrated safety systems by working closely with vehicle manufacturers to bring the benefits of integrated safety technologies to end consumers across a range of vehicle applications.


John C. Plant, president and chief executive officer, TRW Automotive said: "TRW's integrated safety concept recognizes that the company can help to provide enhanced safety benefits for drivers and passengers through combining active and passive systems using environmental sensors. Over the previous two years, we've collaborated with vehicle manufacturers to help develop integrated safety functions with an eye toward bringing the advantages to wider vehicle markets such as mid-size to smaller cars."

TRW is providing the platform for a range of integrated safety functions on a major European mid-class vehicle model due to start production in 2008. The vehicle features TRW's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) braking system and Electrically Powered Steering (EPS), in addition to video sensing to enable integrated vehicle control systems such as Lane Departure Warning/Lane Guidance and Steering Torque Control.

This vehicle is expected to include the first launch of TRW's video camera technology integrated with Electric Power Steering to enable haptic lane feedback and assist with lane keeping. In this system the video camera detects when the vehicle is drifting toward the lane markings and the electric steering then applies the proper torque to assist the driver in keeping the vehicle in its lane.

"We believe this vehicle will be one of the most technologically advanced in the world," said Alois Seewald, global director, Research and Development for TRW. "The combination of electronically controlled braking and steering with environmental sensors help give a clear picture of the driving environment and road conditions as well as the driver's intended path."

With this information the system functions can work together to support the driver through warnings if a potentially dangerous situation is sensed, 'coach' the driver to steer in the proper direction to restore vehicle control, or brake wheels individually and cut engine torque if necessary. The systems will also enable park assist for automated parallel parking.

TRW will also be providing its Active Control Retractor (ACR) seatbelt technology to a major Korean vehicle manufacturer in 2008 which will work in combination with a radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control system. TRW was first to market when it launched the ACR technology with Mercedes on S Class models in 2002.

Seewald continued: "This exciting vehicle launch is an example of active and passive systems working in tandem. The ACR can use sensor information from driver assist systems radar or vision systems to sense when a vehicle is approaching a target too quickly. If this occurs the ACR system removes the seatbelt slack to help better position the occupant in relation to the vehicle's airbag restraint system in case of a crash and resets itself if it is avoided."

"Such new vehicles are a landmark in safety integration," summarized John C. Plant, president and chief executive officer, TRW Automotive. "The combination of active braking, steering, suspension and driver assist systems helps to open a world of possibilities for vehicle safety that is fast becoming a reality in today's vehicle market."

About TRW

With 2006 sales of $13.1 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 28 countries and employs approximately 63,800 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

Forward-Looking Statements

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