WABCO Obtains Approval in EU for Roll Stability Support for Trailers; Industry's First to Comply with New EU Regulation Mandating Roll-Over Control for Heavy Trailers
As recently reported, the EU has approved a mandate that sets better standards to improve road safety in Europe. It includes the EU's new regulation to introduce a vehicle stability function with rollover control for semitrailers and heavy trailers, both with air suspension and up to three axles, as compulsory for new type approvals from July 2010 and for new registrations from July 2011.
WABCO has been offering RSS for trailers with its trailer electronic braking system (EBS) since 2001, ten years ahead of such a function becoming compulsory in the European Union and continuing WABCO's industryleading trailer EBS series that was launched in 1998.
"We are proud to contribute to the aim of the United Nations and European Union to improve road safety as we build on our track record of technology leadership in trailer electronic braking systems and air management for trailer safety controls and systems," said Nick Rens, WABCO Vice President, Aftermarket and Trailer Systems."As the industry's first supplier to comply with the EU's new requirements for trailer stability and rollover control, WABCO continues to help customers optimize the value of their trailer electronic braking systems."
Integrated with WABCO's Trailer EBS system, RSS reliably prevents vehicle rollover within physical limits. It analyzes vehicle data such as wheel speed, load and lateral acceleration. In case it detects an imminent rollover hazard, RSS automatically applies the brakes to reduce the speed and restabilize the vehicle.
Beyond the scope of the EU's new regulation, WABCO also offers RSS for trailers with mechanical suspension, lift axles and steering axles, and the company can adapt RSS for special vehicle types such as nonstandard flatbed semitrailers with independent wheel suspension.
As of 2009, WABCO has sold more than 900,000 trailer electronic braking systems worldwide.
WABCO Fahrzeugsysteme GmbH
WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for 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 $2.6 billion in 2008, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com
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