Meritor WABCO announces next generation OnGuard Collision Mitigation System is now available

Meritor WABCO announces the immediate availability of its next generation OnGuard collision mitigation system. The new system is already in production at two major OEM nameplates. Two more OEMs will begin production in Q2 2013.

"This next generation of Meritor WABCO's industry-leading OnGuard Collision Mitigation System is another clear breakthrough in the advancement of commercial vehicle safety," said Jon Morrison, president and general manager, Meritor WABCO. "It brings additional functionality and benefits to the most requested collision mitigation technology in the commercial vehicle industry and takes us further along the path towards further reductions in accidents involving rear-end collisions."

Key product enhancements for this next generation of OnGuard include:

  • A 33% longer forward radar range with long- and mid-range detection capability that expands the total width of radar coverage
  • Auto alignment that assures faster and easier installation, eliminating the need for periodic, manual adjustments usually associated with normal operating conditions
  • Stationary object warning that provides critical and reliable driver warnings on approach to stationary vehicles, while minimizing the potential of non-essential warnings from other, non-threatening objects
  • Evasive maneuver check offered by the new long- and mid-range detection radar technology. This provides enhanced vehicle and driver visibility into adjacent freeway lanes. If the system recognizes the potential for an imminent rear-end collision and detects an object in an adjacent lane, it immediately determines that the vehicle cannot perform a safe evasive maneuver and optimizes the vehicle's warning response and potential brake application accordingly.

This latest generation of Meritor WABCO OnGuard continues to include the important "haptic warning" capability which was pioneered with the first generation of OnGuard. This unique feature provides a rapid and noticeable brake "pulse" signal to the driver in the warning period before a collision mitigation braking event occurs, attempting to re-engage the driver to respond as quickly as possible.

OnGuard was launched in 2007 with the industry's first 'Always On' collision mitigation feature. Since then, it has achieved rapid growth in the market as fleet operators increasingly recognize the widespread safety and economical benefits of collision mitigation. There are currently more than 32,000 OnGuard systems on the road with more than 6 billion miles logged and a near
100 percent re-order rate.