Although much of the focus at the Frankfurt auto show next month is on the automakers, many suppliers will showcase new technology.
Here are highlights of the show:
Robert Bosch GmbH will introduce Electro-Hydraulic Braking, a system it says is a first step toward brake-by-wire. Bosch also will show a cockpit module that integrates information, communication, entertainment, comfort and safety features.
Finally, the company will show its gasoline direct-injection system.
Siemens AG will showcase its gasoline direct-injection engine management system fitted to the Renault Megane.
The supplier also will display an electromech-anical valvetrain.
Siemens also will show a near-distance sensing radar, a system that alerts the driver to a possible crash and can help the driver park.
A fingerprint security system for automotive applications, which will be ready for production in two years, also will debut.
Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. will unveil a diesel direct-injection system using an ion-sensing control system. Delphi also will unveil four door modules with different levels of trim and hardware.
Johnson Controls Inc. will showcase Vios, a new concept car, plus PlaySeat, which it has developed in cooperation with toy maker Lego Systems Inc. The center is integrated into the backrest of the middle seat of the rear row. When folded down, it can serve as a drawing table or game board.
Johnson Controls also will introduce Concerto, an on-board computer that is part of the central console. The motorist monitors all the infotainment functions on a reconfigurable display.
Valeo SA will display a BMW 530d as its 'comfort' vehicle, equipped with gadgets such as a reversible wiper system with a rain sensor, new lighting and electronic parking assistance.
Valeo is using the Renault Megane to demonstrate energy con-servation devices. Innovations include an electronic thermal management system, a robotic gearbox and an electronic start-stop system. This system shuts down the engine when a car stops at a red light or in traffic and starts it again when the motorist hits the accelerator. It improves fuel economy by 5 percent in urban driving.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG will showcase a six-speed automatic gearbox. The gearbox, which goes into production in 2001, offers a 5 to 7 percent reduction in fuel consumption compared with a five-speed box. The box also offers better acceleration and a 13 percent weight reduction.
ZF has reduced the number of parts from 660 in the five-speed box to 470 in the new system.