Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems, a leader in the development and integration of safety technology and efficiency systems for the commercial vehicle industry, recently announced several new initiatives to increase truck driver and highway safety as well as two new air system efficiency innovations.

Meritor WABCO negotiated a strategic alliance to market Takata’s SafeTraK vehicle sensor system, which includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and driver alertness monitoring. This vision-based system monitors the road ahead and audibly warns drivers if they unintentionally depart from a lane or the road.

The SafeTraK LDW system alerts drivers of weaving, lane drifts or lane changes that occur without a turn-signal application by detecting and classifying lane markers on the road through a fully integrated, compact unit. The unit is composed of a camera, optics, processor, and a power supply that assist in tracking and projecting the lane ahead. Installation and setup are simple. The system automatically calibrates itself using the unit’s integrated diagnostics and can be installed directly on the vehicle’s windshield in less than an hour.

Meritor WABCO expanded its vehicle stability options with the addition of Roll Stability Support (RSS) 1M to support fleet applications that desire to upgrade from their current 1M antilock braking system to include the advanced features and technology of stability control.

The RSS 1M system is targeted for vans, reefer units, and flatbeds and is easily. Features and benefits include proven antilock brake performance, stability control, integrated control and supply port screens, a tank mountable ECU/valve assembly, optional lift axle control, and Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) by PSI monitoring. Additional capabilities include air and spring suspension applications, generic input and output, onboard data recorder and telematic broadcasting capabilities.

A new Meritor WABCO electrically controlled air dryer technology optimizes duty cycles by improving timing to increase efficiency. The company’s electrically controlled air dryers (ECADs) will be available on a major OEM’s trucks starting in late February.

ECAD offers a number of advantages compared to conventional air dryer systems. Its electric air dryer includes two solenoid valves which facilitates pressure control and regeneration. To control ECAD, the vehicle’s electric control unit (ECU) compiles relevant information for air drying, such as line pressure, engine speed, engine operating time, road speed, and ambient temperature. With intelligent regeneration control, intermediate regenerations take place during long delivery cycles and are determined by delivered air volume. Regeneration takes place from the system reservoir volume, with no separate regeneration reservoir required.

The System Saver 1200 Plus air dryer has been upgraded with enhancements that provide application flexibility and capability for additional weight savings. By incorporating the wet tank and adding a drain valve, it allows customers to have one less reservoir in the system, ultimately saving space and vehicle weight. With an integrated re-gen, wet tank, and governor drain valve in one lightweight compact unit with 1200 cc of premium desiccant, it sets the standard for air drying performance, service life, and replacement time, lowering vehicle cost of ownership.

Meritor WABCO also unveiled a new tagline, “Safety Strong. Efficiency Smart.” that reflects the company’s proven performance in integrated safety technology and efficient air system solutions. It underscores the customers’ dual needs to increase driver and highway safety while improving efficiency and cost of ownership.

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