Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems and Takata Corp.’s U.S. subsidiary, TK Holdings, Inc., have signed a letter of intent to establish a strategic alliance in which the companies will work together to develop new active safety systems products for North American commercial vehicles.

The alliance was announced at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Under this agreement, Meritor WABCO will market and distribute Takata’s SafeTrak® lane departure warning systems – Truck Interface Module (TIM) and Fleet Management Portal.

“Takata’s products perfectly complement and enhance our current active safety systems such as OnGuard™ and SmartTrac™,” said Jon Morrison, president, Meritor WABCO. “We’re confident our customers will appreciate and embrace still another progressive step in our Pyramid of Safety.”

An added bonus to end users will be extensive, yet streamlined data management capability to contribute to smarter fleet safety management.

Takata’s Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system is designed to assist a driver in avoiding an unintentional departure from a lane or the road by providing warnings to the driver when certain events occur. Distracted or sleepy drivers contribute heavily to this type of incident. This new product complements Takata’s other electronic products, which include collision sensors, Electronic Control Units (ECU), Occupant Classification Systems and other safety related electronics.