WABCO Showcases Industry's First Hydraulic Anti-Lock Braking System Integrated
With ESCsmart Electronic Stability Control; Further Marks
Global Technology Leadership
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY -- (Marketwire) --
03/20/13 -- WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC), (www.wabco-auto.com) a
global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial
vehicle industry, today showcased its breakthrough hydraulic
anti-lock braking system (ABS) with integrated ESCsmart(TM)
electronic stability control (ESC) at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking
Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky.
It marks the first time within the commercial vehicle industry that
these two vehicle safety technologies - ABS and ESC - have been
integrated for hydraulic brake applications on medium-duty trucks and
buses. ABS with integrated ESC for hydraulic applications improves
the vehicle's directional stability and helps protect against
roll-over, skidding and spin-out during critical driving situations.
In North America, initial government mandates for ESC are anticipated
to come into force from the beginning of 2016.
With this latest addition to its industry-leading technology
portfolio, WABCO can now uniquely deliver hydraulic as well as
pneumatic ABS with ESC systems for manufacturers of commercial
vehicles of all sizes from Class 5 to Class 8, offering the
industry's most comprehensive portfolio of stability control
"WABCO is the first supplier to bring the technological advancement
of hydraulic anti-lock braking systems integrated with electronic
stability control to the commercial vehicle market," said Nikhil
Varty, WABCO President, Americas. "Having successfully adapted these
systems to meet the specific requirements of the North American
market, ahead of the anticipated ESC legislation coming into effect
in 2016, WABCO can now offer original equipment manufacturers the
broadest range of options in safety technology."
From 2014, WABCO will roll out its hydraulic ABS in combination with
ESCsmart, WABCO's newest generation of electronic stability control
which uses computational simulation to achieve ESC technical
validation on trucks and buses. WABCO's ESCsmart is designed to be
programmed on the assembly line, enabling new vehicles to be driven
away immediately. WABCO
's hydraulic ABS with ESC also requires 30
percent less mounting space and weighs 20 percent less than WABCO's
current hydraulic braking systems.
By eliminating calibrating driving procedures and physical testing of
all variants of vehicles, ESCsmart significantly reduces the time and
labor currently required by the traditional approach to ESC technical
release. This means vehicle makers will be able to respond more
quickly and flexibly to customer needs by introducing new vehicle
types within shorter development times.
ESCsmart's enhanced functionality also offers a continuous
"self-learning" capability for fleet operators as the system
continuously monitors vehicle characteristics and automatically
self-adjusts for optimal performance.
In addition to pioneering ABS for commercial vehicles in 1981, WABCO
pioneered ESC for commercial vehicles in 2001. Today WABCO ESC
systems are in use worldwide, helping to mitigate more than 500,000
critical driving situations annually.
WABCO and Meritor WABCO at MATS 2013 in Booth 34455 in the South Wing
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky, March 21 to 23,
WABCO and Meritor WABCO will host the following events at MATS 2013
-- ESCsmart(TM) "Drive-it-Away" media-only seminar, March 20, 1:30 pm -
2:15 pm, Room C108, South Wing
-- OnGuard(TM) collision mitigation system "Ride-n-Drive", March 21 and 22,
2013 (sign up at WABCO booth 34455)
As the technology leader in the global commercial vehicle industry,
WABCO's breakthroughs include, among other vehicle safety and
efficiency technologies, the first autonomous emergency braking
system (AEBS), the first high performance single-piston air disc
brake, the first collision mitigation system (CMS) with active
braking, and the first electronic stability control (ESC) system.
WABCO also pioneered the industry's first electronic braking system
(EBS), the first electronically-controlled air suspension (ECAS), the
first automated manual transmission (AMT) system and the first
anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Founded in the United States in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake
Company, WABCO is a U.S. public company listed on the New York Stock
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 $2.5
billion in 2012, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For
more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com
About Meritor WABCO
Meritor WABCO is a North American joint venture focused on the
development and delivery of proven, integrated safety technology and
efficiency components. These include braking systems and controls,
active safety systems, and suspension control systems for commercial
vehicles in North America. Two leading global suppliers back Meritor
WABCO, each with more than 100-year legacies. Meritor, Inc.
(NYSE:MTOR), a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and
aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets,
provides the JV with the industry's most extensive service and
support network; while WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC) is a leading
global supplier of technologies and control systems for the safety
and efficiency of commercial vehicles, pioneering breakthrough
electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking,
collision mitigation, stability control and transmission automation
systems. For more information, visit www.meritorwabco.com.
WABCO media contacts
+1 248 770 6446
+49 69 7191 6834
WABCO investors and analysts contact
+1 732 369 7477
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