Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems provided members of Congress, their staffs and federal agency employees an up-close look at advanced vehicle control technology during a Ride and Drive event, sponsored by the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). During the event, Meritor WABCO demonstrated its advanced vehicle control technologies and its fundamental contribution to advancing commercial vehicle safety.
"We must raise awareness of the importance of these technologies not only to the safety of commercial vehicles, but to the positive influence their utilization can have on operation costs and overall commerce," said Jon Morrison, general manager of Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems.
Technologies featured at the event were Meritor WABCO's stability enhancement and collision mitigation systems. The company's stability enhancement systems offer a multifaceted approach to reducing rollovers with three unique options: Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Stability Support (RSS). The Collision Mitigation System (CMS) is an extension of the Adaptive Cruise Control/Collision Warning System.
The RSC system was introduced in 2002 and today is operating successfully on tens of thousands of vehicles across North America. Since that time, RSS a dedicated trailer stability support system was introduced and has been engineered into many trailer OEMs at the request of fleets. ESC, which offers additional steering angle and yaw rate sensing, and CMS, an extension of the Adaptive Cruise Control system, have both been developed as additional offerings fleets can choose depending on their operations' requirements.
With Meritor WABCO's success in truck-tractor stability enhancement, the evolution to other vehicles has been a natural progression. In addition to commercial truck-tractor applications, the company's stability enhancement systems are available for fire/emergency vehicles. Future applications of Meritor WABCO's stability vehicle control systems include a larger variety of straight trucks, recreation vehicles and other specialty vehicles.
Through the joint venture's parents ArvinMeritor and WABCO, Meritor WABCO offers a comprehensive portfolio of truck, tractor and trailer braking system technologies, with the newest addition being air disc brakes. The combination of stability enhancement systems combined with the wide array of air disc brake offerings, allows the company to offer truck operators several options to meet more stringent stopping requirements.