TRW to launch integrated stability control and electric park brake system
October 30, 2012: TRW Automotive Holdings Corp has announced that it has won initial business awards for its integrated Electric Park Brake (EPBi) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. The combined system will launch in Europe and Asia Pacific with major vehicle manufacturers commencing in 2014 and later in North America.
The integration of the two technologies eliminates the need for a separate electronic control unit in the system network, as the EPB control functions are performed within the upgraded ESC electro-hydraulic control unit.
Josef Pickenhahn, vice-president engineering, Braking, commented: "We can realise significant benefits when integrating the two technologies: reducing system complexity, weight and installation effort, in addition to offering vehicle manufacturers a potential cost reduction resulting from the elimination of the ECU."
The EPBi system, as with TRW's production EPB system, helps to enhance driving safety and comfort, as well as providing greater freedom in interior design and packaging. EPB and EPBi include additional functions such as drive away assist, automatic hill hold and electronically controlled deceleration -- features which are not available with conventional mechanical park brake systems.
The new vehicle platforms will feature TRW's EBC460 slip control technology – its most advanced ESC which incorporates numerous upgrades to enhance value and performance.
"Since TRW launched its first ESC and EPB systems over a decade ago, the company has continually added more features and functions while making the products smaller, lighter and less expensive. By integrating the two technologies, we are able to bring the benefits of two highly sophisticated braking technologies to market where we have proven experience – both in terms of advanced engineering and systems integration," Pickenhahn concluded.
The system will launch on the C, D, E and MPV vehicle segments in Europe and in China.
With 2011 sales of $16.2 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 (seatbelts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.