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TRW adds muscle to automated driving business

13 Jan 2015  | Christoph Hammerschmidt

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TRW, an automotive supplier, has announced a major design win in the field of automated driving. French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen will equip all of its Peugeot, Citroen and DS models with TRW cameras and radar sensors. TRW will assume the entire system integration and function development.

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"Automated driving functions are at the top of the industry's agenda," said Tolga Oal, TRW VP Global Electronics. "To achieve this goal, sensors, central control units and actuators need to be integrated more tightly and strategies for functional redundancies must be developed."

Obviously as a consequence of the takeover by ZF Friedrichshafen, TRW also announced a number of personnel changes within its electronics business. The company appointed a new VP for its active safety portfolio, Brian Loh. He has business responsibility for all DAS sensors, central safety domain ECUs, and the automated vehicle strategy and execution. Hans-Gerd Krekels will assume the new position of director of active safety engineering, with technical responsibility for DAS sensors and the central safety domain ECU controllers and software required for automated driving.

TRW announced a major business success at PSA Peugeot Citroen. Starting 2017, PSA will use TRW's AC1000 radar sensor and the mono camera S-Cam3 for all of its models. The sensors will be used in stand-alone configurations as well as combined within a sensor fusion concept. In addition, TRW will assume the responsibilities for function development and system integration. PSA already uses the abovementioned TRW systems in its Citroen C4 Picasso and Peugeot 308 models.

The sensors are critical components for PSA's adaptive cruise control systems (ACC) with stop-and-go function as well as for lane keeping assist functions.

Besides PSA, the mono camera, which competes against stereo models from both Bosch and Continental, is used in the Nissan Qashqai, Jeep Cherokee, Chrisler Silverado, Hyundai i40 and the Iveco Daily van models.

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