TROY, Mich., March 14, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Meritor WABCO Vehicle
Control Systems announced today its new Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for
truck/tractor applications, founded on the company's existing E-version
anti-lock braking system (ABS). The ESC system will be available beginning
May 2005 and builds upon the already-established Roll Stability Control (RSC)
system currently operating on more than 10,000 commercial vehicles across
"ESC exemplifies our continuing efforts to pioneer stability enhancement
technologies," said Denny Sandberg, president and general manager of Meritor
WABCO Vehicle Control Systems. "This new system provides another level of
vehicle control by sensing the vehicle's tendency to rotate and automatically
applying the brakes to reduce that risk."
He added that while ESC is an added instrument in vehicle stability,
drivers are still the critical element in the driving equation.
ESC combines the proven features of the company's Roll Stability Control
(RSC) system with added yaw (rotational) sensing. This improves vehicle
handling and performance if there is an impending loss of control due to
rotational forces. These rotational forces may occur as a result of rapid
lane change, or cornering maneuvers on slippery surfaces.
"The market has readily accepted the RSC system as a viable opportunity to
increase safety and reduce operating expenses," commented Sandberg.
"Customers currently running the system can attest to its benefits."
RSC is an optional feature of the company's ABS and is currently the only
stability control system available in production. While RSC provides a great
value relationship for most truck operators, some fleets or vehicle types may
benefit from the additional yaw stability control integral to the ESC system.
To accommodate these needs, the current ABS electronic control unit has been
enhanced to allow for the integration of ESC across a variety of vehicle
configurations with different engines, transmissions, suspensions and
Meritor WABCO is the only full line supplier of ABS and stability
enhancement systems for both hydraulically and pneumatically braked commercial
vehicles, with products to meet a variety of customer needs.
The company's Roll Stability Support (RSS) is operating on hundreds of
trailers across North America. The RSS system provides improved vehicle
stability independent of an ESC- or RSC-equipped tractor, albeit having
systems on both the tractor and trailer can achieve even greater levels of
WABCO, the vehicle control systems business of American Standard
Companies, is the world's leading producer of electronic braking, stability,
suspension and transmission control systems for heavy duty commercial
vehicles. WABCO products are also increasingly used in luxury cars and sport
utility vehicles (SUVs). Customers include the world's leading commercial
truck, trailer, bus and passenger car manufacturers. Founded in the US 136
years ago as Westinghouse Air Brake Company, WABCO was acquired by American
Standard in 1968. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the business today
employs nearly 6700 people in 30 office and production facilities worldwide.
In 2004, WABCO contributed US$1.72 billion to American Standard's total sales
of US$9.50 billion. Website: http://www.wabco-auto.com .
Meritor WABCO(1) is a joint venture of ArvinMeritor, (NYSE: ARM) and the
WABCO Automotive Products Group of American Standard Companies Inc.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier $8 billion global supplier of a broad
range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle
industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and
specialty original equipment manufacturers and related aftermarkets.
Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 31,000 people
at more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor
common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol
ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at:
(1) Meritor WABCO products are available in the United States, Mexico and
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