Safety & Compliance

Wabco Offers Blind-Spot Detection System

October 20, 2017

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Wabco OnSide alerts drivers to a moving vehicle in a truck’s blind spot and provides a side collision warning to help reduce the risk of accidents. Image: Wabco
Wabco OnSide alerts drivers to a moving vehicle in a truck’s blind spot and provides a side collision warning to help reduce the risk of accidents. Image: Wabco

Wabco has launched the OnSide advanced blind-spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers, which alerts drivers to any vehicle in a blind spot and provides a side collision warning to reduce accidents. The company has also inroduced its Intelligent Brake Interlock, an advanced electronic brake interlock system.

OnSide helps improve commercial vehicle safety by alerting drivers to a potential side collision with a vehicle in a truck’s blind spot. The system uses advanced short-range radar for vehicle detection 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 with Wabco’s OnLaneAssist lane-keeping assistance system, OnSide can automatically return the vehicle to the lane's center. If a lane change is initiated and OnSide detects a vehicle in the blind spot, OnLaneAssist applies a correction torque to the steering wheel to avoid the collision.

Wabco OnSide’s radar sensor enables a 160-degree field of view and provides coverage for up to 65% of a standard 53-foot trailer. The system performs reliably even in low visibility conditions, such as darkness, fog, rain or snow, according to Wabco.

OnSide can distinguish moving vehicles from objects that do not pose a hazard to minimize false warnings. The system 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, president of Wabco 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.”

Intelligent Brake Interlock

Wabco has also introduced its Intelligent Brake Interlock, an advanced electronic brake interlock system that improves the safety of tank trailers hauling hazardous materials or that are equipped with cryogenics.

Intelligent Brake Interlock can improve the safe operation of tank trailers by preventing a vehicle from moving during loading and unloading. The system monitors vehicle speed, as well as the position switch, and locks the foundation brakes electronically. An electronic fail-safe adds an additional layer of safety by preventing inadvertent brake activation while the vehicle is in motion. 

“We are excited to showcase Wabco’s Intelligent Brake Interlock at MCE 2017 and to offer an advanced solution to improve the safety of tank trailers in the region,” said Jon Morrison. “As the latest addition to Wabco’s Intelligent Trailer Program of advanced trailer technologies, this innovative system further differentiates Wabco as a technology leader in North America and around the globe.”

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