TRW kicks the pedal for automated driving, reshapes its electronics business

January 08, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier TRW aggressively increases its electronics activities, in particular in the field of automated driving. In addition, the company has announced a major business win with French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.

Automated driving currently makes a big splash; at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas most carmakers including Audi, BMW and Daimler present their latest achievements in this segments. And it looks very much like these features won't be just circus tricks for the Las Vegas public but instead they will find their way into series production rather quickly. This also affects the activities of the suppliers. TRW will double the headcount of its design team dedicated to automated driving functions. "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 vice president 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.

Also at CES, 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