WABCO launches new blind spot and brake technologies

SD Staff

October 20, 2017

WABCO Semi-TruckWABCO has introduced WABCO OnSide, an advanced blind spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers, the company announced Friday.

The radar-based system alerts drivers of the presence of a moving vehicle in a truck’s blind spot and provides a side collision warning to reduce the risk of accidents.

OnSide helps improve commercial vehicle safety by alerting drivers to the potential of a side collision with a vehicle traveling in a truck’s “blind spot,” an area in the adjacent lane which drivers cannot see in rearview or side view mirrors, the company says.

The system uses advanced short range radar to detect a moving vehicle in the blind spot and then alerts the driver with a visual signal. When the truck’s turn signal is engaged, the system provides a more assertive warning in the form of an audible signal or a seat vibration.

When used in conjunction with WABCO’s OnLaneASSIST lane keeping assist system, OnSide has the capability to go beyond warning to enable active collision avoidance. In that case, if a lane change is initiated and OnSide detects a vehicle in the adjacent lane, OnLaneASSIST applies a correction torque to the steering wheel to return the vehicle towards the lane center. WABCO’s lane keeping assist system also smoothly releases the torque as soon as the proper driving path is reestablished.

WABCO OnSide’s radar sensor enables a 160-degree field of view and provides coverage for up to 65 percent of a standard 53-foot trailer. The system performs even in low visibility conditions such as darkness, fog, rain or snow. In addition, WABCO OnSide distinguishes moving vehicles from objects that do not pose a hazard, thereby minimizing false warnings. OnSide can be mounted out of sight behind fairings on either side of the vehicle and features plug-and-play functionality that does not require alignment or calibration.

“We are proud to present OnSide, the latest in a long history of WABCO innovations that improve commercial vehicle safety,” says Jon Morrison, WABCO president, Americas. “This advanced blind spot detection system not only provides a solution to help reduce side collisions involving commercial vehicles, but it also provides capability for active collision avoidance for the autonomous vehicles of the future.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that among the 97,000 annual large truck crashes involving intentional lane changes, side view assist technologies could prevent or mitigate nearly 39,000 crashes annually, including 2,000 that result in injury and 79 that cause fatalities.

OnSide will be available as a retrofit kit in November 2017 and through major North American truck manufacturers in the first quarter of 2018.

WABCO  also introduced Intelligent Brake Interlock, an advanced electronic brake interlock system that improves the safety of tank trailers that haul hazardous materials or are equipped with cryogenic equipment.

WABCO Tanker TruckWABCO’s Intelligent Brake Interlock uses proprietary technologies to improve the safe operation of tank trailers by ensuring that the vehicle does not move during loading and unloading. The breakthrough system monitors vehicle speed as well as the position switch and locks the foundation brakes electronically. An electronic failsafe provides an additional layer of safety by helping to prevent inadvertent brake activation while the vehicle is in motion.

“We are excited to showcase WABCO’s Intelligent Brake Interlock at MCE 2017 and to offer an advanced solution to improve the safety of tank trailers in the region,” Morrison says. “As the latest addition to WABCO’s Intelligent Trailer Program of advanced trailer technologies, this innovative system further differentiates WABCO as a technology leader in North America and around the globe.”

Now available for specification and retrofit, Intelligent Brake Interlock improves safety and reliability of transportation for pneumatic-braking trailers hauling gasoline, diesel and crude oil, cryogenic and compressed gases such as hydrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, argon and natural gas, food grade materials, as well as heated tanks and chemicals.

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