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Meritor WABCO Endorses NTSB Recommendations on Installation of Collision Avoidance Systems as Standard Equipment; Proven Performance of Market-leading OnGuard™ Collision Mitigation System is Consistent With Study Conclusions

TROY, Mich. - June 8, 2015 – Meritor WABCO today announced its support of the recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concerning the adoption of forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking systems.

In a report published today, NTSB has made a number of recommendations to help address road safety, such as requiring vehicle manufacturers to install forward collision avoidance systems as standard equipment on all new vehicles. The NTSB also recommends the installation of autonomous emergency braking systems following the publication of performance standards for such equipment by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"The recommendations in today’s report are positively aligned with Meritor WABCO’s mission to improve road safety for everyone," said Stephen Hampson, president and general manager, Meritor WABCO. "The proven performance of OnGuard™ collision mitigation systems since 2007 supports the NTSB report’s conclusions."

Data that support the recommendation for broader adoption of forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking systems include:

  • In 2013, there were 327,000 large truck crashes with 3,541 involving fatalities in the United States, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCA).
  • In recently released data, FMCA estimates these fatal collisions resulted in approximately $42 billion in total costs during 2013.
  • Reports from Meritor WABCO’s Fleet Advisory Council indicate that installation of OnGuard can reduce the number of rear-end collisions by as much as 87 percent.

A NHTSA study by the Academy of Michigan Transportation Research Institute released in 2013 found that 20 percent of rear-end collisions involve stationary objects and 17 percent are in low-visibility conditions where robust and rapid system reaction is the most critical.

Meritor WABCO currently supplies OnGuard, the leading collision mitigation system for commercial vehicles in North America. With more than 80,000 units installed, 27 billion road miles of service and a reorder rate of virtually 100 percent, fleets are increasingly welcoming this system’s contribution to improved road safety and operating efficiency.

Meritor WABCO recently announced OnGuardACTIVE™, its most advanced, all-season collision mitigation system for trucks and buses in North America. OnGuardACTIVE provides superior performance in poor visibility situations such as whiteouts, heavy rain, dense fog, blinding sunshine or nightime driving. The collision mitigation system alerts the driver to potentially critical driving situations via acoustic, visual and haptic signals. If the vehicle operator fails to take corrective action, OnGuardACTIVE delivers active braking to mitigate or prevent impending rear-end collisions with moving, stopping and stationary vehicles.

Today’s NTSB report reiterated the organization’s earlier recommendation to NHTSA to develop stability control system performance standards for all commercial motor vehicles and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds, regardless of whether the vehicles are equipped with a hydraulic or a pneumatic brake system.

The full NTSB report is available at http://ntsb.gov/safety/safety-studies/Pages/SIR1501.aspx.


About Meritor WABCO

Meritor WABCO is a North American joint venture focused on the development and delivery of proven, integrated safety technology and efficiency components. These include braking systems and controls, active safety systems, and suspension and control systems for commercial vehicles in North America. Two leading parent companies back Meritor WABCO, each with more than 100-year legacies. Meritor, Inc. (NYSE:MTOR), a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, provides Meritor WABCO the industry’s most extensive service and support network; while WABCO Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WBC), is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles, pioneering breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, collision mitigation, stability control and transmission automation systems. For more information, visit www.meritorwabco.com.

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