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Wabco Launches OnLaneAssist Driver Assistance System

September 28, 2017

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OnLaneAssist is the first application of active steering functionality in Wabco’s portfolio of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems following the recent acquisition of R.H. Sheppard. Image: Wabco
OnLaneAssist is the first application of active steering functionality in Wabco’s portfolio of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems following the recent acquisition of R.H. Sheppard. Image: Wabco

ATLANTA — Wabco has launched the OnLaneAssist advanced driver assistance system designed to prevent unintended lane departures with an active steering functionality.

OnLaneAssist leverages active steering technology and a forward-looking camera to provide active lane correction functionality. OnLaneAssist detects lane markings and continuously evaluating the vehicle’s position relative to them. It also distinguishes between planned lane changes and lane drifting.

When it detects lane drifting, the system autonomously intervenes before the vehicle leaves the lane by applying correction torque to the steering wheel to return the vehicle to the center of a lane. OnLaneAssist then releases the torque as soon as the proper driving path is reestablished.

The launch follows Wabco’s acquisition of R.H. Sheppard, a supplier of steering technologies and the signing of a cooperation agreement with Nexteer Automotive which develops intuitive motion control technology.

OnLaneAssist is Wabco’s first ADAS based on Sheppard’s steering technology integrated with Nexteer’s steering automation technology. Wabco’s acquisition of Sheppard provided key capabilities for lateral vehicle control through active steering, complementing Wabco’s technologies in longitudinal control through active braking, stability, and suspension controls.

Full dynamic control of commercial vehicles – lateral and longitudinal – is necessary to progressively achieve the industry’s vision of autonomous driving, according to Wabco.

“OnLaneAssist represents another important milestone on the commercial vehicle industry’s roadmap towards autonomous driving,” said Jorge Solis, Wabco president, truck, bus and car original equipment manufacturers division. “This advancement demonstrates Wabco’s capability to address the challenges of lateral vehicle dynamics control – furthering progress on the path to self-driving commercial vehicles.”

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