WABCO In­dia en­hances trailer safety; launches In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme

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WABCO In­dia Lim­ited, a lead­ing sup­plier of tech­nolo­gies that im­prove the safety, ef­fi­ciency and con­nec­tiv­ity of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, re­cently demon­strated its pi­o­neer­ing In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme at WABCO In­dia’s test track in Chen­nai.

WABCO’s award-win­ning In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme, an in­dus­try-first ini­tia­tive now be­ing launched in In­dia, brings advanced tech­nol­ogy to In­dia’s im­por­tant growth mar­ket. It lever­ages the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of WABCO’s trailer anti-lock or elec­tronic brak­ing con­trol sys­tems to pro­vide a plat­form for up to 40 in­no­va­tive trailer op­er­at­ing func­tions.

De­signed to en­hance trailer safety, se­cu­rity and ef­fi­ciency, the In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme of­fers sig­nif­i­cant added value for the trailer man­u­fac­tur­ers, fleet op­er­a­tors and cargo own­ers. En­abling cus­tomers to select the func­tions most rel­e­vant to their spe­cific needs, the pro­gram of­fers a pow­er­ful range of cus­tomiz­able so­lu­tions to en­hance op­er­at­ing safety, as well as re­duce trans­porta­tion and fuel costs. The In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme also paves the way for In­dia’s trailer in­dus­try to up­grade from ba­sic brak­ing sys­tems to the next level of advanced brak­ing and sus­pen­sion tech­nolo­gies re­quired for higher lev­els of ve­hi­cle au­to­ma­tion.

“We are proud to demon­strate WABCO’s award-win­ning In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme for the first time in In­dia’s im­por­tant and dy­namic growth mar­ket. As a lead­ing global tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tor, WABCO is unique in its ca­pa­bil­ity to in­te­grate truck and trailer con­trol sys­tems ex­per­tise. The launch of our pi­o­neer­ing In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme in In­dia demon­strates WABCO’s com­mit­ment to de­liver sus­tained value to the trailer mar­ket through en­hanced op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency, safety and se­cu­rity,” Jacques Es­culier, Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, WABCO, said.

WABCO has demon­strated 6 key func­tion­al­i­ties tied to the In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme, in­clud­ing the Trailer Anti-Lock Brak­ing func­tion, Roll Sta­bil­ity sup­port, TailGURAD, Op­tiTire, Op­tiLevel and Op­tiLink. WABCO sup­ports the In­dian Govern­ment’s Au­to­mo­tive In­dian Stan­dard (AIS). Based on Trailer Code AIS 113, it man­dates the fit­ment of Trailer Anti-Lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS) on all trail­ers man­u­fac­tured and reg­is­tered in In­dia from April 2018.

Trailer ABS op­ti­mises ve­hi­cle con­trol dur­ing emer­gency brak­ing. It con­trols ve­hi­cle wheel slip, main­tain­ing its abil­ity to steer and pro­vid­ing added sta­bil­ity while brak­ing. Max­imis­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of brak­ing on all types of roads and in all weather con­di­tions, Trailer ABS also helps to ex­tend the tyre life of trail­ers.

“Aimed at re­duc­ing the num­ber of road ac­ci­dents and de­liv­er­ing en­hanced op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency to the trailer mar­ket, we are ex­cited to bring WABCO’s in­no­va­tive In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme in In­dia. WABCO is ready with glob­ally proven tech­nolo­gies to fully sup­port the Govern­ment of

In­dia’s man­date for en­hanced brak­ing func­tion­al­ity once it is en­acted. Un­der­lin­ing WABCO’s tech­nol­ogy lead­er­ship, the In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme of­fers so­lu­tions that will greatly ad­vance safety and ef­fi­ciency to sup­port trailer man­u­fac­tur­ers and fleet op­er­a­tors in In­dia,” P Ka­niap­pan, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, WABCO In­dia, said.

WABCO’s advanced Trailer Elec­tronic Brak­ing Sys­tem (T-EBS) is re­quired to lever­age the full scope of the In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gram. T-EBS op­ti­mises stop­ping dis­tances and con­trols trailer brake and sus­pen­sion func­tions. The sys­tem also en­ables the trailer to con­nect driv­ers, fleets and cargo own­ers to rich sources of on­board sys­tems and op­er­a­tional in­for­ma­tion. Both ABS and EBS can be retro­fit­ted to a broad range of trail­ers.

WABCO in In­dia, with the In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme, is keen to of­fer sig­nif­i­cant value ad­di­tion to the trailer man­u­fac­tur­ers and fleet op­er­a­tors. En­abling cus­tomers to select the func­tions most rel­e­vant to their spe­cific needs, the pro­gramme of­fers a pow­er­ful range of cus­tomis­able so­lu­tions to el­e­vate op­er­at­ing safety, and to re­duce trans­porta­tion and fuel costs. Paving the way for the trailer in­dus­try in In­dia to up­grade from ba­sic brak­ing sys­tems to the next level of advanced brak­ing and sus­pen­sion sys­tems, thereby bring­ing more au­to­ma­tion, WABCO is con­fi­dent of re­duc­ing ac­ci­dents due to fail­ure of sys­tems in trail­ers.

The in­tel­li­gent trailer pro­gramme could be es­ti­mated to add sig­nif­i­cantly to the rev­enues of the In­dian sub­sidiary with large fleets look­ing at en­hanc­ing safety and cut­ting costs. En­hanc­ing the value of stand-alone tech­nolo­gies like trailer ABS that WABCO has been of­fer­ing, the In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme takes the con­cept of safety re­lated to trail­ers to a new level al­to­gether. Given the shift to higher ton­nage com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in a post-GST scenario, and with the de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture, mar­ket re­quire­ments have been chang­ing. The en­try of in­ter­na­tional fleet is also driv­ing a change.

The need to cut costs, as­sum­ing a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion in the wake of ris­ing fuel prices and seem­ingly stub­born freight rates, the In­tel­li­gent Trailer Pro­gramme should add to the com­pany’s bot­tom line in In­dia. With func­tions like cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where the driver and the fleet man­ager to ac­cess 18 trailer-con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing func­tions, the widest range ac­ces­si­ble through a sin­gle mo­bile de­vice, the ef­fect on safety will be highly pos­i­tive.

The avail­abil­ity of real-time in­for­ma­tion al­low­ing fleet to fur­ther im­prove ve­hi­cle safety and ef­fi­ciency from the pro­tec­tion of the cab or a nearby po­si­tion, func­tions like Op­tiLink, in a BS-IV and BS-VI scenario, would en­hance op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness and pro­vide the fleet op­er­a­tor with fast and easy ac­cess to key trailer data. An­other im­por­tant func­tion, Op­titTire, de­tects early leak­age of air from the tyre, help main­tain op­ti­mum tyre pres­sure and achieve the best ef­fi­ciency, el­e­vates safety by mea­sur­ing the air tem­per­a­ture of the tyre, and sup­ports telematics con­nec­tiv­ity.

Op­er­at­ing 5 man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties across In­dia, an advanced tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment cen­tre, a ve­hi­cle test­ing fa­cil­ity and a na­tion-wide af­ter­mar­ket dis­tri­bu­tion and ser­vices net­work, WABCO in In­dia, has been driv­ing rig­or­ous de­vel­op­ment in the area of soft­ware and hard­ware. Said to be a pro­duc­tion hub for ac­tu­a­tors, and the sec­ond pil­lar of global source of value for WABCO, the In­dian op­er­a­tions, in FY 2016-17 re­ported sales of Rs 2103 crore.

Orig­i­nat­ing from the West­ing­house Air Brake Com­pany founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pi­o­neer break­through in­no­va­tions to en­able au­ton­o­mous driv­ing in the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try. To­day, lead­ing truck, bus and trailer brands world­wide rely on WABCO’s dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing advanced driver as­sis­tance, brak­ing, steer­ing and sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tems. WABCO is also at the fore­front of advanced fleet man­age­ment sys­tems. In 2017, WABCO re­ported sales of $3.3 bil­lion and has nearly 15,000 em­ploy­ees in 40 coun­tries.

WABCO TailGuard is a rear blind spot de­tec­tion sys­tem that ap­plies brakes if nec­es­sary.

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