LIVONIA, MI /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE:TRW) the global leader in automotive safety systems, announced it has secured its first production contract with a major Asian auto manufacturer for an integrated Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) and Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring system (TPMS) receiver.
"The integration of RKE and TPMS is another example of TRW's drive toward enhancing value and performance through electronics integration," said Martin Thoone, vice president, Global Electronics Engineering. "This system simplifies the electronics architecture by eliminating the need for separate receivers for these two systems—we can maintain the performance characteristics while using less space and reducing system weight and wiring complexity, leading to lower material and assembly costs."
There will be no discernible change to the RKE key fob layout or performance—the transmitted commands will be received by a single smart receiver/ECU that will process information from the RKE fobs and also the temperature and pressure signals sent from the transmitters located in the TPMS sensor units in each individual tire. The integrated ECU decodes the signal to activate the lock/unlock function for vehicle doors and the trunk, and provides tire pressure warning information to the driver in the same way as conventional RKE and TPMS receivers.
The integrated system is anticipated to launch in 2012 for a 2013 Model Year vehicle.
With 2008 sales of $15.0 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, MI, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 26 countries and employs approximately 63,500 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.