Wabco announces enhancements to safety technologies

HANNOVER, Germany — Wabco today announced enhancements to several of its safety systems.

The company held a press conference at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show here to discuss its platform of safety systems. Among them was a new modular braking system platform (mBSP), which allows OEMs to choose between electronic braking systems (EBS) or anti-lock braking systems (ABS) depending on the regional requirements of its customer base. The new offering will be appreciated by OEMs that serve global markets and serve markets that use EBS (such as Korea and Japan) as well as those offering ABS (including North America).

Jacques Esculier, chairman and CEO of Wabco, also announced the improvement of the company’s OnLane lane departure warning system, which can now detect drowsy driving behaviours such as weaving within the lane. The system provides visual, audible and haptic alerts to the driver if it detects signs of fatigue.

Wabco’s OnGuard system continues to gain traction, with 70,000 systems sold since its launch in 2008. Esculier said fleets using OnGuard have seen an 80% reduction in rear-end collisions and that the system has a 100% renewal rate among fleet customers.

Also new is Wabco’s OptiPace predictive cruise control, which reads the topography of the road ahead and adjusts the truck speed accordingly to improve fuel economy.

The company’s OptiTire tire pressure monitoring system can now be had with external or internal wheel sensors. The newly available internal sensor not only reads tire pressure, but also the temperature of the time, giving a more accurate prediction of leaks out of the tire, Esculier said.


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