ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. and ATLANTA, Ga. — WABCO Holdings, a global supplier of technologies to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, showcased its latest technologies at the TMC 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta.
Following the major acquisitions of R. H. Sheppard Co., a key supplier of industry-leading steering technologies for commercial vehicles, and 100 percent of the Meritor WABCO joint venture, WABCO will featured for the first time its newly expanded product portfolio at TMC.
“We were proud to present at TMC an array of innovative solutions that improve the safety, efficiency, and connectivity of commercial vehicles in the U.S. and around the world,” said Jon Morrison, WABCO president, Americas. “WABCO has significantly increased its commitment to serving commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators in the region by offering an unprecedented breadth of WABCO technologies, localizing air disc brake production right here in the U.S., and rapidly growing our fleet and aftermarket service organizations.”
WABCO showcased several of its key enabling technologies and functionalities that represent intermediary milestones toward the commercial vehicle industry’s vision of autonomous driving. Key enabling technologies to be featured include:
Morrison said ensuring top performance in low visibility conditions, OnGuardACTIVE alerts a driver to potentially critical driving situations via acoustic, visual and haptic signals. Should the vehicle operator fail to take corrective action, the system provides active braking on moving, stopping and stationary vehicles to mitigate or prevent impending rear-end collisions.
In addition, WABCO will also showcased its award-winning OptiFlow aerodynamic technologies. Wabco OptiFlow AutoTail is the first and only aerodynamic tail in the U.S. to feature automatic deployment and retraction. The device deploys and retracts tail panels based on driving speed as determined by sensors linked to Wabco Trailer Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS). It delivers fuel savings of up to 4.3 percent at highway speeds, based on SmartWay test protocol, and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 4.0 tons per trailer per year. In addition, Wabco OptiFlow TrailerSkirt, a lightweight aerodynamic side skirt for trailers, can provide up to 5.0 percent fuel savings at U.S. highway speeds.