Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems and Takata Corp.'s U.S. subsidiary, TK Holdings, have signed a letter of intent to establish a strategic alliance in which the companies will work together to develop new active safety systems products for North American commercial vehicles.
Under this agreement, Meritor WABCO will market and distribute Takata's SafeTrak lane departure warning systems - Truck Interface Module (TIM) and Fleet Management Portal.
"Takata's products perfectly complement and enhance our current active safety systems such as OnGuard and SmartTrack," said Jon Morrison, president, Meritor WABCO. "We're confident our customers will appreciate and embrace still another progressive step in our Pyramid of Safety."
An added bonus to end users will be extensive, yet streamlined data management capability to contribute to smarter fleet safety management.
Takata's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system is designed to assist a driver in avoiding an unintentional departure from a lane or the road by providing warnings to the driver when certain events occur. Distracted or sleepy drivers contribute heavily to this type of incident.
This new product complements Takata's other electronic products, which include collision sensors, Electronic Control Units (ECU), Occupant Classification Systems and other safety related electronics.
Takata is a global leader in passive and active safety systems.
Meritor WABCO is a leading supplier of a complete braking system, including braking systems and controls, active safety systems and suspension and control systems for commercial vehicles in North America.