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.
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.
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.