A life-size acrylic car ‘driven’ by models was used by TRW Automotive to highlight its move towards semi-automated driving. Other new technology innovations to make cars safer also featured.
TRW has predicted vehicles will be full of more intelligent safety features over the next 10 years, including those that will be able to foresee road conditions.
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New safety systems to protect drivers
TRW Automotive unveiled a number of airbags and active safety systems in the acrylic car. It also emphasised the sensors used to gather data from 360 degrees around the vehicle.
The information from the sensors helps driver assist systems protect the motorist, passengers and pedestrians when danger strikes.
An advanced radar warns drivers of hazards and pedestrians, while helping to ease braking and emergency braking.
A new ‘active’ seat belt system helps control the energy of the driver and passengers in a collision. TRW Automotive said the seatbelts can lessen slack and reduce the risk of injury.
New braking and steering products
An integrated brake control system allows a vehicle to brake without human intervention to save energy.
The firm claimed it provides ‘improved pedal feel’ and performance compared to normal systems with a lower overall weight.
An electrically-powered steering system brings fuel-saving benefits and takes into account factors like wind.
TRW Automotive chairman and CEO John Plant said: “Over the next decade, active safety systems will become increasingly intelligent as greater efforts are made to reduce the number of road fatalities worldwide.”
Source: Daily Mail