Wabco Holdings, the leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies has signed a $950 million (Rs 6,655 crore) long-term agreement with one of the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles.
Under the eight-year agreement, Wabco will equip two of the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) brands with its leading braking, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and efficiency technologies.
This latest multi-year agreement could confirm Wabco as the OEM’s sole supplier for electronic braking systems (EBS) in Europe and anti-lock braking systems (ABS) in Brazil. Wabco will also supply conventional valves to support both braking systems and will further provide air-disc brakes (ADB), electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS), actuators, and its next generation, cost-optimised, lighter integrated pedal units (IPU).
Additionally, WABCO will supply air compressors for the OEM’s engine brand while supporting the expansion of the engine’s availability in the U.S. and Brazil with local production and global engineering capabilities. During the course of the agreement, Wabco will also supply its next-generation Optimised Power Reduction (OPR) single-piston compressor and its new clutch solution that is intended for enhanced fuel efficiency.
As part of the wide-ranging agreement, the OEM is also confirmed as Wabco’s lead customer for its next generation ‘OnGuardACTIVE’Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) solution with series production planned for 2019. Featuring a new radar sensor which offers the commercial vehicle industry’s longest radar detection range, as well as the widest near-range field of view,
Wabco’s OnGuardACTIVE can now provide up to full autonomous emergency braking on moving and stationary vehicles from a highway speed of up to 80 kph– even in poor visibility conditions. WABCO is one of the leading OEMs for collision mitigation systems and ADAS, with more than 450,000 OnGuard safety systems sold worldwide.
As its full system supplier of EBS and ADAS, Wabco will additionally equip the OEM’s new electric vehicles. Wabco is also closely collaborating with the OEM on its platooning program. Wabco and the OEM are additionally both contributing to the ‘ENSEMBLE’ innovation consortium, co-funded by the European Union, which is seeking to develop and demonstrate multi-brand truck platooning in Europe.
Nick Rens, Wabco president, EMEA, said, “This significant and wide-ranging business agreement powerfully demonstrates Wabco‘s pioneering global braking and ADAS leadership as well as our ability to serve the diverse advanced vehicle safety and efficiency requirements of leading global commercial vehicle manufacturers.”
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