Automated & Connected

WABCO, SmartDrive collaborate on safety event video recording solution

WABCO, a leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies designed to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, today announced that it has collaborated with SmartDrive Systems, Inc. to provide safety event video recording through the WABCO OnLane camera system.

According to the company, SmartDrive is an industry leader in video-based safety and transportation intelligence, which a growing number of fleets are adopting in order to monitor and improve driver performance, reduce the likelihood of collisions and help exonerate not-at-fault drivers.

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SmartDrive video event recording is yet another capability added to the WABCO OnLane product family, joining existing technologies such as lane departure warning and active lane keeping assist, which are all possible through the application of one camera, WABCO pointed out.

This new service offering is exclusive to WABCO and is focused on capturing several safety related events by combining the SmartDrive SR4 video telematics platform with the WABCO OnLaneALERT lane departure warning system, WABCO stated.

Fleets will be able to add this service without the need to invest in additional cameras, providing easy access to a video-enabled active safety suite.

“This additional functionality completes our vision of a comprehensive active safety suite by combining our proven active steering and ADAS products with video documentation of critical events that affect driver and fleet safety, liability and operating costs,” said Jon Morrison, WABCO President, Americas. “Our collaboration with SmartDrive enables us to extend our technology leadership by providing a complete, single-source platform that can help fleets achieve an additional level of safety.”

As part of the service, WABCO underscored that its fleets will be able to use the integrated solutions to record a range of safety related events, including collisions and ADAS triggers, including:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Short following
  • Roll stability
  • Fishtailing
  • ABS events

The use of this feature supports fleets on performance and risk monitoring, training/coaching and to assist in exonerating the driver and fleet of liability following a not-at-fault accident.

As with WABCO active steering and ADAS solutions, the SmartDrive system is compatible with many commercial vehicle nameplates, enabling fleets operating multiple brands of trucks to implement a single, comprehensive safety platform across all assets.

Matt De Reno is a web portal manager and news editor at SAE International. His writing interests include automotive engineering, automated and connected vehicles, cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing. Send Matt a message at