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WABCO's TailGUARD Technology, a Rear Blind Spot Detection System for Trailers, Named a Finalist for 2011 Automotive Innovation Award by SMMT

(PresseBox) (Brussels, Belgium, ) WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that its new TailGUARD(TM) technology, a rear blind spot detection system for trailers, has been named a finalist for the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2011, which showcases leading-edge research and development success in the automotive industry. SMMT, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, is one of the largest trade associations in the United Kingdom.

WABCO TailGUARD technology detects small, large, moving and static objects in the blind spot behind the trailer, thus significantly increasing vehicle safety while driving in reverse. Integrated with WABCO's latest braking technology, TailGUARD automatically stops the trailer at a safe distance, which is programmable between 30 and 100 centimeters. TailGUARD is compatible with all truck models and enables working environments toward zero accidents. It also provides rapid return on investment by avoiding repair costs and reducing unscheduled vehicle downtime.

TailGUARD is part of WABCO's Intelligent Trailer Program, which offers an innovative range of modular functions that increase vehicle safety and driver effectiveness as well as improve vehicle efficiency. Trailer builders and fleet operators choose those functions most relevant for their logistics environment.

"We are proud to achieve this level of industry recognition for our TailGUARD technology, one of the most advanced safety systems for driving trailers in reverse, which is when one third of all trailer accidents occur," said Nick Rens, WABCO Vice President, Trailer Systems and Aftermarket. "The judges of the SMMT award look for technologies that demonstrate the value of investing in product innovation as well as their potential to transform our industry, and TailGUARD exemplifies WABCO's passion for innovation as we strive with customers in every region of the world toward zero accidents for trailers."

About the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation

Now in its second year, the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation is sponsored by GKN Driveline, a leading manufacturer of automotive driveline components. The Award recognizes the UK's most innovative automotive technologies, products and ideas that have the potential to transform the automotive industry. It receives entries from across the automotive sector, including cars, components, aftermarket and commercial vehicles. The winner of SMMT's 2011 Award will be announced on November 22, 2011.

On October 12, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, SMMT will host a live webinar with the six finalists who will discuss their submission. To register for the webinar, visit

WABCO Fahrzeugsysteme GmbH

WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of 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 $2.2 billion in 2010, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit

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