WABCO Unveils Breakthrough Technology to Help Protect Pedestrians and Cyclists in City Traffic; New OnCity System on Trucks and Buses Autonomously Brakes for Most Vulnerable Road Users

BRUSSELS, Belgium, and HANOVER, Germany, Sept. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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, today announced its OnCity™ Urban Turning Assist system, the company’s breakthrough technology to help protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic. OnCity, a unique and convenient single-sensor solution invented by WABCO, is the commercial vehicle industry’s first collision avoidance system that uses LiDAR technology for the purpose of object detection.

Innovatively engineered for trucks, buses and tractor-trailers, WABCO’s OnCity advanced driver assistance system also delivers the industry’s widest field-of-view – up to 180 degrees – using a single sensor for safety monitoring to help protect vulnerable road users located on the vehicle’s blindside. OnCity detects and distinguishes moving and stationary objects, including pedestrians and cyclists.

OnCity Urban Turning Assist visually and acoustically alerts the driver regarding a potential collision with unprotected road users both right before and during a turning maneuver. It can autonomously apply the brake to prevent collisions should the driver fail to take corrective action. OnCity performs reliably with high precision during nighttime, in blinding sunshine and even in low visibility conditions.

According to a 2013 report issued by a major truck manufacturer based in Europe, more than 20,000 vulnerable road users are injured or die annually due to collisions with commercial vehicles in cities across Europe.

“A major road safety opportunity is to prevent traffic injuries and fatalities in urban areas where many thousands of lives can be saved annually around the world,” said Jorge Solis, WABCO President, Truck, Bus and Car Original Equipment Manufacturers Division. “Individuals pushing baby strollers, children, cyclists, senior citizens – indeed, everyone can be vulnerable on city streets. With WABCO’s OnCity technology, trucks and buses in community traffic become safer, particularly at intersections where the risk to encounter vulnerable road users is the highest.”

“Our new OnCity system is yet another example how WABCO differentiates by pioneering vehicle safety technologies, which also continue to help pave the way toward autonomous driving in partnership with the transportation industry,” said Solis.

WABCO at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016
WABCO will showcase at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 industry-leading technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles worldwide. This includes the latest technologies in braking, advanced driver assistance, fleet management solutions and aerodynamics.

WABCO in Hall 16 at Booth B10
Hanover Exhibition Center; Hanover, Germany
Press Days: September 21 and 22
Public Days: September 22 through 29

For all information about WABCO at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016, click on WABCO’s home page.

WABCO’s Live Demonstrations at IAA Innovation Stage 2016
WABCO will demonstrate daily its latest aerodynamics technologies for commercial vehicles as well as its fleet management security solution at the outdoor exhibition area, north of Hall 26.

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 available at www.ar.wabco-auto.com. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.

WABCO Global media contact
Tobias Mueller, +49 89 470 277 112, wabco@klenkhoursch.de

WABCO investors and analysts contact
Christian Fife, +1 248 270 9290, christian.fife@wabco-auto.com

Source:WABCO Holdings Inc.