Meritor Wabco launches SafetyDirect

Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems has announced the availability of SafetyDirect, a system that allows customers to use as a single point of access to monitor and synchronize driver performance reports on braking, stability control, following distances, collision safety system braking and lane-departure warnings for individual drivers as well as the entire fleet.

The comprehensive reporting includes event location, date, time, speed, odometer reading and safety trending data.

“We are pleased to launch SafetyDirect to our North American customers. We fully expect the system to revolutionize the way fleets monitor report and capture safety data,” said Jon Morrison, president and general manager, Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems. “By integrating data from our company’s SmartTrac and OnGuard active safety systems into Iteris’ SafetyDirect and lane-departure warning systems, it’s easier for fleet managers to collect the information they need to meet and improve safety and business goals.”

SafetyDirect works by combining the technologies in Meritor Wabco’s SmartTrac and OnGuard active safety systems with their partner Iteris’ SafetyDirect, an online application for analyzing data generated by Iteris’ data logger and lane departure warning system. The SafetyDirect application uses information transmitted from the vehicle by the fleet’s onboard mobile communications system via leading telematic providers such as Qualcomm and PeopleNet.

Safety systems supported by SafetyDirect include:

“The ability to quickly deliver accurate information about the performance of the driver and vehicle creates new opportunities to manage trucks and drivers more effectively,” said Morrison. “Meritor Wabco and Iteris are committed to working together to maximize the value of our advanced active safety systems, by providing detailed analysis of the data they generate.”

“Iteris is pleased to be working with a commercial vehicle safety leader like Meritor WABCO to provide valuable safety data through our SafetyDirect system,” said Abbas Mohaddes, president and chief executive officer, Iteris. “The ability to collect and analyze driver performance data creates a unique opportunity for fleet managers to identify risky driving behavior and provide drivers with the training that fleet managers deem appropriate to reinforce safe driving practices.”

SafetyDirect is immediately available for order for all North American commercial vehicle fleets seeking to simplify delivery of detailed trend data, as well as instant notification of vehicle safety and performance.

Iteris is a leader in the traffic management market focused on the development and application of advanced technologies that reduce traffic congestion, minimize the environmental impact of traffic congestion, and improve the safety of surface transportation systems infrastructure.

Meritor Wabco is a joint venture of ArvinMeritor and the Wabco Automotive Control Systems, is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles.

ArvinMeritor is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket for the transportation and industrial sectors.