Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems has been awarded the 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 innovation, technological advancement, and business performance in developing and marketing the OnGuard collision safety system.

According to Frost & Sullivan, the new product represents a significant safety upgrade over competing systems.

The award was presented to Meritor WABCO's Rick Romer, director-key customer management, April 8 at a Frost & Sullivan formal awards ceremony in San Antonio TX.

This system uses 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.

Meritor WABCO's OnGuard system is part of the joint venture's Pyramid of Safety, which integrates advanced braking suspension and SmartTrac stability control systems.