WABCO launches ESCs­mart on Tata Prima range of trucks

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Trucks, buses and multi-axle ve­hi­cles ac­count for about one third of road ac­ci­dents in In­dia and about 84% of ac­ci­dents hap­pen due to loss of ve­hi­cle con­trol. In or­der to ad­dress this is­sue, WABCO In­dia Lim­ited, a lead­ing sup­plier of tech­nolo­gies for the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, and Tata Mo­tors Lim­ited, have jointly launched Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESCs­mart) for trucks and buses at WABCO In­dia’s test track in Chen­nai. Tata Mo­tors be­comes the first OEM to de­ploy ESCs­mart for the Prima range, help­ing to pre­vent ac­ci­dents by in­creas­ing ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity and safety.

WABCO’s ESCs­mart func­tion­al­ity builds on its Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS) and Elec­tronic Brak­ing Sys­tem (EBS) plat­forms. It is an ac­tive safety sys­tem that mon­i­tors the roll and di­rec­tional sta­bil­ity of ve­hi­cles. The sys­tem can au­to­mat­i­cally in­ter­vene, in­de­pen­dent of the driver, when a high risk of in­sta­bil­ity is de­tected, thus help­ing to re­duce the like­li­hood of ac­ci­dents par­tic­u­larly as­so­ci­ated with rollover, skid­ding and jack­knif­ing.

ESCs­mart was show­cased at WABCO’s test track through the demon­stra­tion of spe­cial ma­neu­vers con­ducted by WABCO on Tata trucks equipped with the tech­nol­ogy. Jacques Es­culier, WABCO Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer said, “WABCO is a global leader in in­no­vat­ing tech­nolo­gies that con­trib­ute to safer and more ef­fi­cient road trans­porta­tion of peo­ple and goods. Fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of ABS for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in In­dia, WABCO is ex­tremely proud to now launch ESCs­mart and to play a key role in fur­ther help­ing to sup­port the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s vi­sion to re­duce road ac­ci­dents.”

“WABCO is hon­oured and proud to part­ner with Tata Mo­tors to launch ESCs­mart on its Prima range of trucks. We look for­ward to pave the way for its fur­ther adop­tion in In­dia,” Es­cu­liar said. Along with re­duc­ing the risk of ac­ci­dents as­so­ci­ated with ve­hi­cle in­sta­bil­ity, the self-learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of ESCs­mart also help ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers to elim­i­nate the ne­ces­sity of phys­i­cally test­ing all vari­ants of ve­hi­cles dur­ing ho­molo­ga­tion. This saves con­sid­er­able time and labour.

A K Jin­dal, Vice Pres­i­dent and Head En­gi­neer­ing (CVBU), Tata Mo­tors Ltd said, “Safety is of para­mount im­por­tance to us and the in­tro­duc­tion of Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESCs­mart) fur­ther re­it­er­ates our com­mit­ment to strengthen the safety per­for­mance of our prod­ucts and in­tro­duce fu­ture tech­nolo­gies. With this part­ner­ship, Tata Mo­tors be­comes the first OEM in In­dia de­ploy­ing ESCs­mart safety tech­nol­ogy on the Prima range. ESCs­mart has been cus­tom­ized to in­cor­po­rate more safety pa­ram­e­ters for op­er­a­tion in In­dia. We are de­lighted to work with WABCO to de­velop in­no­va­tive prod­ucts for our In­dian cus­tomers.”

P Ka­niap­pan, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, WABCO In­dia Lim­ited said, “We are ex­cited to launch ESCs­mart

tech­nol­ogy in In­dia in part­ner­ship with Tata Mo­tors. This is fully in line with WABCO’s strat­egy to be the sup­plier of choice for prod­ucts and sys­tems that con­trib­ute to the safety of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. ESCs­mart is the in­dus­try’s first in­tel­li­gent ESC sys­tem for pneu­matic ABS in In­dia.”

“This tech­nol­ogy pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive value to cus­tomers by in­creas­ing ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity, re­duc­ing ac­ci­dent risk and re­pair cost, and im­prov­ing ve­hi­cle up­time. By in­te­grat­ing ESCs­mart tech­nol­ogy, WABCO aims to sup­port com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers in build­ing safer ve­hi­cles and fleet own­ers to op­er­ate their fleets more ef­fi­ciently. ESCs­mart marks the next level of tech­nol­ogy part­ner­ship with our cus­tomers to make com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles safer for In­dian roads,” Ka­niap­pan added.

WABCO pi­o­neered Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in 2001 and has con­tin­ued to in­no­vate this safety tech­nol­ogy ever since, sell­ing more than 1 mil­lion ESC sys­tems world­wide since its in­tro­duc­tion.

WABCO’s ESCs­mart is the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try’s first and most ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy to ho­molo­gate ESC, sav­ing sig­nif­i­cant time and ef­fort for OEMs. Fea­tures of ESCs­mart sys­tem in­clude Yaw Con­trol and Roll Sta­bil­ity Con­trol. While Yaw Con­trol pro­vides di­rec­tional ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity on low-fric­tion sur­faces, Roll Sta­bil­ity Con­trol works ef­fec­tively on high­fric­tion sur­faces.

WABCO’s ESCs­mart tech­nol­ogy has been cer­ti­fied by TÜV Nord Ger­many, an ac­cred­ited tech­ni­cal ser­vice, and has been ap­proved for use in 27 coun­tries in the Euro­pean Union and 20 other coun­tries.

WABCO is a lead­ing global sup­plier of tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices that im­prove the safety, ef­fi­ciency and con­nec­tiv­ity of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO con­tin­ues to pi­o­neer break­through in­no­va­tions for ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance, brak­ing, sta­bil­ity con­trol, sus­pen­sion, trans­mis­sion au­to­ma­tion and aero­dy­nam­ics. Part­ner­ing with the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try as it maps a route to­ward au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, WABCO uniquely con­nects trucks, trail­ers, cargo, driv­ers, busi­ness part­ners and fleet op­er­a­tors through ad­vanced fleet man­age­ment sys­tems and mo­bile so­lu­tions.

WABCO In­dia de­signs, man­u­fac­tures and mar­kets con­ven­tional brak­ing prod­ucts, ad­vanced brak­ing sys­tems, and re­lated air as­sisted prod­ucts and sys­tems. The com­pany has estab­lished a lead­ing po­si­tion in the In­dian com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mar­ket, and, also, serves its af­ter­mar­ket cus­tomers through a na­tion-wide dis­tri­bu­tion net­work.

Com­ment­ing on the In­dian busi­ness, Ka­niap­pan said, “In­dia is the pro­duc­tion hub for brake ac­tu­a­tors and a key pro­duc­tion base for a list of prod­ucts. With about 4400 em­ploy­ees, WABCO In­dia ac­counts for one third of its global work­force and the num­ber con­tin­ues to grow. Also, more than 500 en­gi­neers are sit­ting in In­dia and are in­volved in de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of ev­ery prod­uct and sys­tem. The com­po­nent sourc­ing from In­dia has been grow­ing and last year it amounted to Rs 550 crore. The present ca­pac­ity is about 45,000 sys­tems a month and the cur­rent ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion level is about 85%.”

With 5 world-class man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties spread across In­dia, an Ap­pli­ca­tion En­gi­neer­ing Cen­tre in Pune, a tech­nol­ogy cen­ter and a ve­hi­cle test­ing fa­cil­ity in Chen­nai, WABCO In­dia ex­cels in en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing, serv­ing cus­tomers lo­cally, and through WABCO, glob­ally.

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