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Wabco to introduce autonomous emergency braking system

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Wabco says it will unveil the industry's first autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system later...

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Wabco says it will unveil the industry’s first autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system later this month at the IA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover, Germany.

The system will be capable of completely stopping a truck when a collision is imminent, more quickly than a driver, according to the company. The system minimizes the response time when a collision with a moving or stopped vehicle is unavoidable, Wabco said in a release.

The AEB system utilizes road traffic data acquired through video and laser distance sensors and then processes the information to anticipate when danger is imminent. The system also interfaces with the braking system as well as the transmission, engine and stability control systems to intervene when necessary.

“With rear-end and junction collisions accounting for nearly half of all commercial vehicle accidents, we are passionate about breaking new ground to continuously improve vehicle and road safety,” said Jean-Christophe Figueroa, Wabco vice-president, vehicle dynamics and control. “In our leadership position as an integrator of commercial vehicle electronic architecture and control systems, we continue to demonstrate our ability to pioneer innovative driver assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control, OnGuard collision mitigation system and now autonomous emergency braking.”

The company says its latest development will be rolled out worldwide in 2010. The technology will be on display at the Hanover show Sept. 23-Oct. 2.

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