Since the introduction of its Integrated Electronic Control Panel (IECP) in 2007, TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.’s Body Control Systems business has evolved the technology, which now combines major interior controls, advanced vehicle network architectures and telematics in a single panel in the vehicle’s center stack.
Vic Peltola, director, sales and business development for Body Control Systems, said Ford Motor Company selected the IECP for deployment on the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus.
TRW is enhancing IECP technology with intuitive interfaces and customizable trim options including:
• Projected Graphics
• Reconfigurable Icons
The list of winners of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK award is longer than ever this year, with vehicles in nearly every size category the Institute evaluates earning accolades. From minicars to sedans to pickups, consumers have a record number of choices among 2012 models.
In all, 69 cars, 38 SUVs, 5 minivans, and 3 pickups earn TOP SAFETY PICK. The award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes based on ratings in Institute evaluations. The ratings, which cover all four of the most common kinds of crashes, help shoppers pick vehicles that offer the highest levels of crash protection.
Ford said it will launch SYNC® AppLink, a downloadable software program, on the 2011 Fiesta later this year, allowing owners to access and control Android(TM) and BlackBerry® smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls. Ford will introduce AppLink on most SYNC-equipped vehicles next year, as well as provide interoperability with other smartphones.
“The growth in smartphone mobile apps has been explosive, and Ford has worked hard to respond at the speed of the consumer electronics market,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford’s Connected Services Organization. “SYNC is the only connectivity system available that can extend that functionality into the car. AppLink will allow drivers to control some of the most popular apps through SYNC’s voice commands and steering wheel buttons, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”