LIVONIA, Mich. - TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), through its Body Control Systems business, is transforming traditional technologies such as keypad entry systems to offer control of a variety of options at the touch of a fingertip.
"Just as today's remarkable smart phones offer consumers the opportunity to quickly switch from one type of control function to another, TRW is using multi-graphic rear projection display and capacitive touch sensing to allow vehicle owners to control a variety of vehicle functions quickly and easily," said Vic Peltola, director of sales for TRW North America Body Control Systems.
TRW's patented multi-graphic rear projection display is a low cost solution that allows different symbols to appear on a surface in the same physical space at different times. The display does not require an expensive graphics processor. It can easily be configured for non-rectangular and/or curved surface applications.
A primary example is keypad entry systems that allow a vehicle owner access to a vehicle through a security code even if they do not have their car keys. This previously one-dimensional keypad only featured numbers for punching in the code - but with multi-graphic display options the keypad can instantly offer the choice to control other functions such as trunk access, interior lights, power windows and more.
The symbols for these various functions automatically appear when a user touches the control panel surface and disappear after a few moments of inactivity. The panel surface is extremely sleek and is only a few millimeters thick, allowing for easy packaging. Its temperature independent response makes it well suited for automotive applications and the mutual capacitance touch sensing is capable of accurately detecting touch in high-humidity environments such as rain or snow.
TRW anticipates that the new multi-graphic display technology will be ready for production in 2012.
With 2010 sales of $14.4 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 26 countries and employs over 60,000 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 www.trw.com.
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