TROY, Mich. — Meritor WABCO announced Thursday that Schneider National had selected the OnGuard Collision Safety System as standard equipment for all new Class 8 commercial vehicles within its fleet.
OnGuard is the first “always on” collision mitigation system, according to Mark Melletat, director of field operations at Meritor WABCO. The equipment provides vehicles with an active braking system regardless if the cruise control is engaged, he said.
Meritor WABCO’s SmartTrac Stability Control System is also standard equipment on Schneider-owned vehicles.
“With more than 17,000 units sold and more than 2 billion miles of proven road experience since its industry introduction in 2007, OnGuard is a proven safety technology that assists drivers in recognizing and responding to potentially dangerous driving scenarios that could lead to a rear-end collision,” Melletat said.
OnGuard is available today on vehicles from three of the four major truck manufacturers in North America.
OnGuard features a forward-looking radar sensor that monitors the distance, speed and deceleration of a vehicle ahead and, if necessary, alerts the driver to take appropriate action through an in-cab display.
If the driver doesn’t immediately decelerate the vehicle in response to a potentially serious rear end situation, the Collision Mitigation System (CMS) integrated within OnGuard automatically de-throttles the engine and provides up to a 50 percent full service brake application to help the driver avoid or reduce the severity of a rear end collision.
“Schneider continues to take a progressive position related to safety. It was one of the first major fleets to adopt Meritor WABCO’s SmartTrac Stability Control System as standard in its operation back in 2004,” Melletat said. “OnGuard further confirms Meritor WABCO’s commitment to safety systems as an industry leader, providing drivers with an additional safety measure in thousands of units operated by fleets across the country.”
It is the first radar-based collision safety system to include collision warning, adaptive cruise control (ACC) with active braking and a collision mitigation system.
“We operate first and foremost with the safety of our drivers and the motoring public in mind,” said Don Osterberg, senior vice president of Safety and Security at Schneider National “Investing in new equipment, technology and training to make the industry and our highways safer overall is simply the right thing to do. While there’s no substitute for well-trained and disciplined drivers, we’re optimistic that the OnGuard technology will reduce rear-end crashes or mitigate crash severity by decreasing collision speed.”
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