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New seat belt concept revealed

TRW Automotive has unveiled a new seat belt concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Instead of a normal seat belt buckle and tongue, the technology features a ‘webbing catcher’ that enables semi-automatic buckling and unbuckling. The system is being introduced on Swiss manufacturer Rinspeed’s microMAX commuter vehicle concept, which is designed to travel short distances in urban environments and features unconventional upright seats. Swen Schaub, TRW’s senior manager for engineering strategy and communication, explained, “Our new seat belt concept is another example of how we continue to develop innovative technology and enhance the safety of passengers beyond conventional passenger and commercial vehicles. The concept is based on proven seat belt restraint functionality. The semi-automatic buckling offers convenience and ease of entering and exiting for new and conventional vehicle concepts; helping to increase belt usage rates over short distances.”

TRW has also been recognized by the Chrysler’s Innovation group, with a 2012 Award for User Experience and Driver Assistance for its development of Lane Centering Assist systems. The award is in recognition of a 2012 ‘Decoupled Development’ project and is one of Chrysler’s inaugural Supplier Innovation Awards, which recognize suppliers that have exhibited exceptional performance in their collaborative efforts toward innovation project results. TRW’s Lane Centering Assist is an integrated system that uses a forward-facing camera and electrically powered steering system. The camera detects the lane markings, calculates the virtual lane center-line and sends torque commands continuously to the electric steering system, in order to help keep the vehicle centered in the lane automatically.

March 12, 2013

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