AKRON (Sept.15) — TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and Goodyear have developed a new system that will automatically adjust the performance parameters of a vehicle´s electronic stability control system based on the dimensions and other characteristics of the vehicle´s tires.
"The system being developed demonstrates the synergies created through the collaborative effort launched by TRW and Goodyear in 2003," said Steve Roth, Goodyear director of vehicle systems. "Through Goodyear´s leadership in tire embedded electronics and tire/vehicle interaction, and TRW´s expertise in electronic stability control, we are introducing a system that will help to enhance vehicle safety."
The system provides ease of implementation to auto manufacturers and allows them to offer more choices to their customers. It is expected to be particularly helpful in the sport utility vehicle segment when winter tires or custom wheels and large-diameter tires are used. Tuning the electronic stability control system for the specific tire used improves its performance in any vehicle.
The new system is targeted for production for the 2009 Model Year.