Wabco is drawing on the power of radar for a blind spot detection system known as OnSide.
The system uses short range radar to detect vehicles moving in an adjacent lane, and uses a visual signal to alert drivers. If the turn signal is activated while a vehicle is still sitting in the blind spot, the warnings can come in the form of an audible signal or vibrating seat.
It offers a 160-degree field of view and covers about 65% of a standard 53-foot trailer. It also performs in low-visibility conditions like darkness, fog, rain, or snow, the company says.
Combined with OnLaneAssist, OnSide can go a step further. In this setup, torque is applied to the steering wheel to pull the vehicle back toward the center of the lane.
OnSide can be mounted behind fairings on either side of the vehicle, and doesn’t require alignment or calibration. It’s available for retrofits beginning in November, and through truck manufacturers in the first quarter of 2018.