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ZF showcases safety solutions at TMC 2021

Sept. 20, 2021
Following the company’s integration of Wabco, a new commercial vehicle division is working to help shield the truck and trailer from potential hazards through detection and dynamic control.

CLEVELAND, Ohio—With the integration of WABCO, ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions Division, launching in January 2022, is working to deliver technologies and systems required for future autonomous, connected, and electric commercial vehicles. ZF showcased its various technologies at the American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council Fall Meeting.

“ZF is helping revolutionize the commercial vehicle market by bringing cleaner, smarter, safer, and more efficient technologies to this important transportation sector,” said Julien Plenchette, VP, Americas, Commercial Vehicle Division, ZF Group. “Safety is critically important for our customers and everyone who shares the road with trucks. ZF is focused on delivering products and systems that can aid in creating a safety perimeter around the vehicle to help avoid accidents.”


OnGuardMAX combines data integration with camera and radar sensors to detect, classify and react to moving and stationary vehicles and objects. The system is designed to warn the driver of imminent collisions and, if necessary, can autonomously bring the vehicle to a complete stop. OnGuardMAX will go into series production with a North American customer in 2022.

OnSideALERT passive lane change assist

A radar-based blind-spot detection system supports drivers merging into adjacent lanes by checking them for clearance. The advanced driver assistance system enables coverage of the entire side of a standard Class 8 truck and 53-ft. trailer and is designed to effectively address side collisions and helps to prevent or mitigate truck crashes by alerting drivers of moving vehicles in the blind spot at speeds of 15 mph and above.


A reversing collision avoidance system with automatic braking, TailGUARD is designed to detect small, large, static, and moving objects in the blind spot behind the vehicle, automatically stopping the vehicle at a safe distance to prevent collisions. Activated when reversing, sensors monitor approximately six feet behind the vehicle and trigger vehicle brakes automatically if the brake is not applied at two feet from the object.

ReAX adaptive steering on the road

ZF’s ReAX steering system is designed to adapt to signals from the vehicle and analyzes driver input to provide smoother, more precise steering, helping to improve performance and reduce driver fatigue. ReAX entered series production in July 2021 and will launch with OnTraX lane keep assist with a North American OE this fall.


Trailer telematics is engineered to interpret and broadcast critical events enabling deeper fleet intelligence and delivering real-time vehicle insights to help maximize uptime. Powered by ZF cloud connectivity, TrailerCAST enables GPS position tracking and critical issue alerts. It also supports fleets with optimized planning of maintenance cycles. First introduced in North America in 2020, TrailerCAST is now available with TrailerFIT.