FRANKFURT, Germany (Sept. 14, 2005) — Goodyear and TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. have announced the joint development project of a new system that will automatically adjust a vehicle's electronic stability control unit based on the tires' characteristics.
“As more people seek to customize their vehicles through the use of larger wheels and tires or exchange tires seasonally, we want to ensure that the onboard systems such as electronic stability control will still offer the intended safety and performance benefits,” said Phil Cunningham, product business director for TRW chassis products.
Development of the system, which is expected to be offered for the 2009 model year, was the product of TRW and Goodyear's collaborative efforts since 2003. The companies said the system provides ease of implementation for auto makers and allows them to offer more choices. The system is expected to be particularly useful in the sport-utility vehicle segment.