WABCO Holdings Inc.
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WABCO Holdings Inc.

June 29, 2016 02:15 ET

WABCO and ZF Unveil Breakthrough Evasive Maneuver Assist Safety Technology for Commercial Vehicles; Demonstrate Prototype that Connects Active Braking and Steering Capability

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - June 29, 2016) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC) (www.wabco-auto.com), a leading global supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, demonstrated today the prototype of a breakthrough collision avoidance technology for commercial vehicles. Jointly developed by WABCO and ZF, the Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA) combines WABCO's world-class braking, stability and vehicle dynamics control systems on trucks and trailers with ZF's top active steering technology - an industry first. EMA marks yet another critical step toward enabling autonomous driving in the commercial vehicle industry.

Evasive Maneuver Assist leverages the capabilities of WABCO's industry-leading OnGuardACTIVE™, its most advanced, radar-only collision mitigation system. A radar sensor identifies moving or stationary vehicles ahead and alerts the driver via visual, audio and haptic signals of impending rear-end collisions. Should the driver determine that the system cannot avoid a rear-end collision by driver-initiated or autonomous braking alone, Evasive Maneuver Assist engages to help the driver to safely steer around an obstructing vehicle and to bring truck and trailer to a complete and safe stop. In such situations, this new collision avoidance function is connecting WABCO's proven electronic braking system (EBS), advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), electronic stability control (ESC) and vehicle dynamics control systems to ZF's electrohydraulic ReAX power steering system.

Based on the core competencies of WABCO and ZF systems, Evasive Maneuver Assist controls both the longitudinal and lateral movements of heavy-duty trucks and trailers in challenging driving situations at high-speed, thereby, helping to avoid rear-end collisions. Critical driving situations may include traffic jams that appear suddenly after curves or when driving on wet, low friction road surfaces.

"Today's Evasive Maneuver Assist prototype demonstration is a powerful example of WABCO's and ZF's leadership in developing advanced safety technologies for commercial vehicles," said Jacques Esculier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, WABCO, "Evasive Maneuver Assist connects WABCO's braking and stability control systems with ZF's active steering solution for the first time and marks an important step toward realizing the transportation industry's vision of autonomous driving."

"I'm excited that ZF and WABCO joined forces to combine their world-class steering and braking technologies to create a new collision avoidance functionality for commercial vehicles," said Dr. Stefan Sommer, Chief Executive Officer, ZF Friedrichshafen AG. "Evasive Maneuver Assist is yet another industry leading innovation that has the potential to significantly advance commercial vehicle and road safety worldwide."

WABCO and ZF demonstrated Evasive Maneuver Assist for the very first time today at the test track of RWTH Aachen University in Aldenhoven, Germany.

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Caption: WABCO and ZF joined forces and developed the prototype of a new safety technology for commercial vehicles called Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA). The system connects active braking and active steering capabilities - an industry first - to help avoid rear-end collisions.

About WABCO

WABCO (NYSE:WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough innovations for advanced driver assistance, braking, stability control, suspension, transmission automation and aerodynamics. Partnering with the transportation industry as it maps a route toward autonomous driving, WABCO also uniquely connects trucks, trailers, drivers, cargo, and fleet operators through telematics, as well as advanced fleet management and mobile solutions. WABCO reported sales of $2.6 billion in 2015. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, WABCO has 12,000 employees in 39 countries. WABCO's 2015 Annual Report is now available at www.ar.wabco-auto.com. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.

About ZF

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company acquired TRW Automotive on May 15, 2015 which was integrated into the organizational structure as the Active & Passive Safety Technology Division. The combined company has a global workforce of around 138,300 at about 230 locations in some 40 countries and reported sales of EUR29.2 billion in 2015. ZF annually invests approximately five percent of its sales in Research & Development (EUR1.4 billion in 2015) ensuring continued success through the design and engineering of innovative technologies. ZF is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide. For further press information and photos please visit: www.zf.com.

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