TRW has announced the establishment of its second North American Driver Assist Systems (DAS) Engineering Centre at the company's Livonia, Michigan headquarters.

The new engineering center will focus on the development and testing of advanced radar applications to support TRW's North American customers, and will work closely with the Camera Development Centre located in nearby Farmington Hills, Michigan.

The new centre's establishment is part of TRW's global strategy to provide customers with professional application support for sophisticated DAS applications on each of the three major continents; the company has also placed resident DAS engineers in Japan and Korea.

The new DAS center will also utilise the labs and test track facilities already established in the region and will work closely with well-established European DAS engineering centres in Birmingham, UK, and Koblenz, Germany, while liaising with the company's specialist radar production facility in Brest, France.

"We have extended our global Centre of Competence for 'Vision Systems' in Farmington Hills to include a full-fledged DAS application centre for North America," said Martin Thoone, vice president, Global Electronics engineering.

"We have now enhanced our customer support across the full range of DAS applications, including camera, radar and sensor fusion applications. Bundling our braking expertise in Livonia with our know-how in passive safety in Farmington Hills puts TRW in a unique position to deliver all integrated active and passive safety related Driver Assistance functions to fulfil our Cognitive Safety vision."

The new centre will specialise in vehicle- and application-level DAS development and will take full advantage of the synergies available with the North America braking technical centre in Livonia that houses hundreds of design, test, mechanical, electrical and application engineers.

Ed Carpenter, vice president, TRW Global Electronics, commented: "As we continue our focused efforts on the expansion of the TRW global electronics business, we see Driver Assist Systems as a critical growth area for the company. The establishment of our second North American DAS centre is another sign of our commitment to this product line and to the customers in the region - we expect these valuable safety and convenience technologies to have a bright future here."

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