Meritor WABCO continues ride-n-drive demonstrations

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Updated Jun 8, 2010

Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems continues its series of ride-n-drive vehicle demonstrations across the country, displaying a series of progressive active Safety Systems technologies, available today. The sessions are open for managers and supervisors of fleets of all sizes, owner-operators, and truck and trailer dealers.

Morning and afternoon demonstrations will occur on the following dates and locations:
• Friday, June 4
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana, Calif.
• Thursday, June 24
Red Deer Regional Airport
Springbrook, Canada
• Thursday, July 15
Assiniboia Downs
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
• Wednesday, August 4
Canterbury Park
Shakopee, Minn.
• Thursday, August 26
Raceway Park Drag Strip
Englishtown, N.J.

Meritor WABCO active Safety Systems technologies will be available to experience first-hand on demonstration vehicles. Currently available products and systems include:
SmartTrac Stability Control System – The SmartTrac stability control system is available as factory options at several truck and tractor manufacturers. The system encompasses anti-lock braking systems (ABS), automatic traction control (ATC) and stability control systems – designed for vehicle applications like commercial trucks, construction, fire and rescue, bus and coach, and military. The system help drivers mitigate rollover, loss-of-control and jack-knifing situations on dry, wet, snow and ice-covered roadways. The systems monitor inputs from various sensors, when a critical threshold is met; they intervene by reducing engine torque, engaging the engine retarder, while automatically applying select brakes to improve vehicle handling and performance.
OnGuard Collision Safety Systems – OnGuard is the first Collision Safety System with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and active braking that functions with or without the cruise control engaged to assist the driver in maintaining a safe following distance. The system uses forward-looking radar sensor technology featuring advanced algorithms to monitor distance, speed and deceleration of a vehicle ahead. Through integration with the SmartTrac system, if a potential rear-end collision is developing without the driver taking action to decelerate the vehicle, OnGuard automatically dethrottles the engine, applies the engine and applies the engine and foundation brakes to provide up to .35Gs of braking power. OnGuard also incorporates Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which keeps the vehicle at a set following distance from vehicles in its path when the cruise control is activated.
Roll Stability Support (RSSplus) RSSplus is an advanced two-modulator-valve trailer-only stability control system that integrates with the trailer’s anti-lock braking system. The system simultaneously monitors trailer wheel speed, lateral acceleration and suspension pressure. If the vehicle approaches the rollover threshold, RSSplus automatically applies the trailer brakes as needed in order to reduce the risk of rollover and help bring the vehicle under control. RSSplus is an ideal solution for retrofit applications for fast implementation of stability control protection.
Telematics – A telematics demonstration will be showcased in order to show data transmissions from Meritor WABCO systems. Information such as live critical events and detailed driver metrics will be broadcast over J1939 and transmitted back to a dispatch unit on display.

For registration information, contact Bill Schlak, manager, Technical, ArvinMeritor, at 248-435-1871 or Matthew Williams, manager, Fleet Sales, Service and Training, ArvinMeritor, at 248-435-7474. To register online, go to www.meritorwabco.com.