NTSB chairman tours WABCO proving ground

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Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems hosted Deborah Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, on Tuesday, June 28, at the Michigan Proving Ground in Romeo, Mich. NTSB, an independent U.S. Federal agency, investigates and studies transportation accidents in the United States to provide safety recommendations for future accident prevention.

Hersman and NTSB staff experienced demonstrations of Meritor WABCO’s active safety technologies. Vehicle demonstrations included Antilock Braking Systems (ABS), SmartTrac Stability Control System, OnGuard Collision Safety System and SafetyDirect Fleet Performance System.

“Our advanced safety systems continue to assist drivers in potentially avoiding accidents and increasing highway safety overall,” says Jon Morrison, president and general manager of Meritor WABCO. “It’s an honor to share our safety systems with Chairman Hersman and others from NTSB.”

SmartTracStability Control Systems is a suite of active safety systems designed to assist the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle in response to an impending loss of directional control or roll instability, reducing the risk of such events.

OnGuard Collision Safety System is a forward-looking radar-based collision safety system designed to detect objects in a vehicle’s path and when appropriate automatically de-throttle the engine and apply the engine and service brakes when it senses a possible rear-end collision.

SafetyDirect Fleet Performance System is a Web-based reporting tool that uses an onboard data logger to capture and report driving behavior, vehicle characteristics and severe events.