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Meritor WABCO Honored by Frost & Sullivan for Innovation and Advancement of the Year Award for its OnGuard(TM) Collision Safety System
TROY, Mich., April 9, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems has been awarded the prestigious 2009 North American Industry Innovation & Advancement of the Year Award in Class 6-8 truck safety systems by Frost & Sullivan for the joint venture's superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance in developing and marketing the OnGuard(TM) collision safety system. According to Frost & Sullivan, the new product represents a significant safety upgrade over competing systems, continuing their tradition of truck safety innovations and industry achievements.

It was presented to Meritor WABCO's Rick Romer, director-key customer management, last night at a Frost & Sullivan formal awards ceremony in San Antonio, Texas.

"We are obviously proud of this new safety advancement, the OnGuard collision safety system, and quite gratified to learn that distinguished observers in our commercial vehicle industry feel the same way," stated Jon Morrison, president of Meritor WABCO. The technology is in use today in over 1,400 heavy-duty trucks across North America.

The system uses forward-looking radar sensor technology - featuring advanced algorithms - to detect multiple moving and fixed objects at distances up to 500 feet away. It quickly and reliably coordinates the engine, transmission and anti-lock braking systems. Through audible and visual warnings, the system optimizes braking reaction time. If a safe distance is compromised, OnGuard then automatically engages the throttle, engine brake and foundation brakes if necessary.

"This breakthrough is a critical advancement from passive systems, which are only capable of alerting the driver to potential danger though alarm and engine braking," added Morrison.

"This represents a significant step forward in an industry where growth and development has largely depended on systems that provide safety at the lowest possible cost," explains Neeleu Singh, Research Analyst of Frost & Sullivan.

Meritor WABCO is a leading supplier of vehicle control systems and safety enhancement technologies to North American commercial trucking manufacturers. Its integrated safety systems are easy to use; require little maintenance; and enhance performance, reliability and cost savings. The OnGuard collision safety system is part of the joint venture's Pyramid of Safety which integrates a broad portfolio of advanced braking suspension and SmartTrac(TM) stability control systems that add value to the vehicles equipped with them.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance. The North American Industry Innovation & Advancement of the Year Award is based on many criteria, including:

  • Technology innovation contrasted against competitors
  • New product/process introduction
  • Adoption of the technology/process by leading market participants
  • Advancement of the industry through research
  • Ability to conceptualize industry activities while successfully addressing customer needs

Meritor WABCO(1) is a joint venture of ArvinMeritor, (NYSE: ARM) and the WABCO Automotive Control Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WABCO Holdings, Inc.

WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.6 billion in 2008, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company marks its centennial anniversary in 2009, celebrating a long history of 'forward thinking.' ArvinMeritor serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle manufacturers. 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 Canada.

SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.