The ’00 SAE Congress Page 2

March 6, 2000

SAE 2000 Engler Visteon

Robert Bosch gmbh, meanwhile, is planning to show off a new communications device that can help warn cars around it of hazards a couple of kilometers up the road.

Adaptive cruise control, which automatically slows a vehicle if the traffic in front of it begins to slow, also has been under development for several years and TRW is showing off a new system this year. The TRW system uses radar to automatically adjust the vehicle's speed and keep a safe following distance between vehicles. The system is compact and can be integrated into existing platforms, TRW officials said. TRW also is showing off a windshield wiper system that will automatically turn the wiper on or off depending on the amount of moisture on the windshield

Large companies have not developed all of the technology on display, however.

ALIRT, a small Canadian company, is bringing to SAE this year a battery-powered TV camera that is mounted on the side view mirror and offers a comprehensive look at the left-lane blind spot. The system also will trigger an automatic alarm if the driver enters the danger zone.

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