SOURCE: WABCO Holdings Inc.

September 08, 2010 07:00 ET

WABCO Presents OnGuardPLUS, a Breakthrough in Emergency Braking; Shows Suite of Technology Innovations to Further Improve Vehicle Safety at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2010

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - September 8, 2010) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) (www.wabco-auto.com), a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that the company will present its new breakthrough OnGuardPLUS™ technology (www.wabco-auto.com/onguardplus), an advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2010 in Hanover, Germany, from September 21 to 30. OnGuardPLUS is the commercial vehicle industry's first system in compliance with the European Union's expected regulation to make AEBS mandatory on new heavy commercial vehicles from November 2013.

Using a single radar sensor and proprietary algorithms, WABCO's new OnGuardPLUS system fully applies brakes in imminent collision situations when reacting to moving vehicles ahead and when reacting to decelerating vehicles ahead that come to a standstill. It autonomously initiates emergency braking, enables maximum possible deceleration and can bring the vehicle to a complete stop. It also reacts to stationary vehicles, for example, when approaching traffic congestion. OnGuardPLUS systems will be available from 2012 for trucks and buses worldwide.

WABCO's suite of technology innovations at IAA 2010 highlights the company's roadmap to further improve vehicle safety while strongly contributing to driver effectiveness. It features advanced driver assistance technologies integrated with WABCO's newest generation of systems for anti-lock braking, electronic braking, electronic stability control, and electronically controlled air suspension.

WABCO's IAA 2010 showcase of new systems, products and services offers outstanding benefits for original equipment manufacturers of trucks, buses and trailers as well as for aftermarket customers.

"At IAA Commercial Vehicles 2010, we will show WABCO's passion for innovation to deliver industry-leading safety solutions that integrate advanced driver assistance technologies with braking, chassis, suspension and other systems," said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our new OnGuardPLUS advanced emergency braking system further demonstrates WABCO's technology leadership as we progressively increase levels of vehicle safety and performance while striving together with industry colleagues to significantly reduce the number of commercial vehicle accidents by 2020."

WABCO OnGuard® systems: industry-leading technology for driver assistance

Introduced in February 2008, OnGuard is the first collision mitigation system (CMS) with active braking for commercial vehicles in North America. Using radar sensor technology and proprietary algorithms, OnGuard monitors the distance to the moving or decelerating vehicle ahead, and detects when a potential collision is developing, alerts the driver and autonomously decelerates the vehicle.

"With OnGuardPLUS, WABCO continues to anticipate and deliver advanced technologies and onboard electronics, particularly as regulations in Europe and North America continue to mandate increasingly stringent requirements for vehicle safety," said Jean-Christophe Figueroa, WABCO Vice President, Vehicle Dynamics and Control. "This new system builds on our innovative OnGuard technology that has proven its effectiveness as customers, so far, have driven collectively more than 250 million miles (over 400 million kilometers) protected by OnGuard safety systems."

For a press graphic of OnGuardPLUS, please visit http://bit.ly/WABCOs_OnGuardPLUS

WABCO at IAA 2010 in Hall 17 at Stand A20

Where: Hanover Exhibition Center; Hanover, Germany
Press Days: September 21 and 22
Public Days: September 23 to 30

WABCO Press Conference

September 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Center

Live Demonstrations at IAA Innovation Stage

WABCO trucks equipped with innovative driver assistance systems will be featured daily in live demonstrations at the IAA Innovation Stage (outdoor area, north of Hall 26).

Keynote about India by WABCO Chairman and CEO

WABCO Chairman and CEO Jacques Esculier will address experience as a supplier in India on September 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the Convention Center.

Keynote about China by WABCO Chairman and CEO

WABCO Chairman and CEO Jacques Esculier will address challenges and opportunities in China on September 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Convention Center.

About WABCO

WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $1.5 billion in 2009, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com

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