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    Report: ZF moves to buy TRW in surprise acquisition bid
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    There was a big shakeup in the automotive supplier market late last week, as Germany's ZF, a company well regarded around these parts for its gearboxes, submitted a surprise preliminary offer to purchase Michigan-based TRW Automotive, a supplier of safety systems, suspension components, and so ...

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    TRW developing fully-retractable steering wheel to aid elderly
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    With the over-65 population growing at a rapid rate (36.9 million in 2009 and set to hit 72.1 million by 2030), automakers are intent on making driving easier for the elderly. To that end, automotive supplier TRW is developing a folding steering wheel concept that retracts into the dashboard, ...

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    TRW designs roof-mounted airbag
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    Is your steering wheel looking a little fat? There are a number of reasons why steering wheels have beefed up over the years, but one of the biggest reasons is because of airbags. Inflatable restraint system manufacturer TRW is looking at ways to change that, and it may have a whole new type of ...

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    TRW develops electronic turn signal stalk
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    TRW, supplier of systems and components to automakers, has introduced its latest generation steering column control module for the Ford SuperDuty and F-150, Edge/MKX and Explorer. Why is this news, and what the heck is a steering column control module?
    In the old days (the 1990s), a ...

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    Low-cost collision avoidance tech on the horizon for cheaper vehicles?
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    The fact is that small cars get into more accidents than large and mid-sized cars, and the fatality rates for small cars are about twice as high as their larger siblings. Yet it's the large – and usually expensive and luxurious – cars that get features like collision avoidance ...

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    GM discovers flaw with HD pickup hill-hold assist, fast-tracks fix
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    Last week, PickupTrucks.com held one of its periodic load lugger shootouts where it brings together the heavy haulers from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to see which pickup truck is the top dog. After running acceleration tests at Milan dragway, editor Mike Levine and the crew moved the fleet ...

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    Conspiracy theorists mistake Kia storage site for U.N. takeover of Florida
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    There are an endless amount of interesting tidbits to be found when browsing satellite images in Google maps and Google Earth. Unfortunately, we have to keep in mind that the images are not in real-time, or even close too it. Most are 2–3 years old or ...

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    Auto industry crisis leads to job losses even at strong companies
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    When the the Detroit automakers' financial crisis started getting more media coverage a couple of months ago, a study was released by the Center for Automotive Research estimating that the possible collapse of the industry could ultimately cost up to 3 million US jobs. That estimate is based on the ...

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    TRW invents non-rotating airbag
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    It's one of those ideas that seems so simple you smack your forehead wondering why it took so long. Conventional airbags are sometimes demonized for causing injuries while attempting to save your life. It's easy to criticize something that has to be a one-size-fits-all solution, and SRS does an ...

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