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WABCO Launches OnSide™ Blind Spot Detection System at MCE 2017 (10/20/2017)

Radar-Based Technology Reduces Risk of Side Collisions and Enables Active Collision Avoidance

ORLANDO, Florida, USA – October 20, 2017 – WABCO (NYSE: WBC), a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, today introduced WABCO OnSide™, an advanced blind spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers. 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.

WABCO made the announcement leading up to the American Trucking Associations’ 2017 Management Conference & Exhibition (MCE 2017) taking place October 21-24, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The Company will showcase at MCE 2017 its industry-leading technologies to advance the safety, efficiency and connectivity of trucks, buses and trailers in North America.

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 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 reliably 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,” said 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 at MCE 2017
Visit WABCO booth 451 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from October 21-24, 2017.

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About WABCO
WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough innovations for advanced driver assistance, braking, stability control, suspension, transmission automation and aerodynamics. Partnering with the transportation industry as it maps a route toward autonomous driving, WABCO also uniquely connects trucks, trailers, cargo, drivers, business partners and fleet operators through advanced fleet management systems and mobile solutions. WABCO reported sales of $2.8 billion in 2016. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, WABCO has 13,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.

WABCO North America media contact
Stephan Koller, +1 248 270 9281, stephan.koller@wabco-auto.com

WABCO Global
Nina Friedmann, +49-69 719 168 171, wabco@klenkhoursch.de

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