Wabco introduces ESCsmart electronic stability control

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Wabco Holdings announced its ESCsmart system, which it describes as the global commercial vehicle industry’s first technology that uses computational simulation to homologate electronic stability control systems for trucks and buses.

The ESCsmart system enables OEMs and vehicle body builders to design and sell unique vehicle configurations despite their lack of pre-existing ESC parameter settings, according to the company; with ESCsmart technology and tools, OEMs can respond faster to customer needs by introducing new vehicle types within significantly shorter development phases.

“An outstanding achievement, Wabco’s new ESCsmart technology is a breakthrough enabler both in the vehicle’s ESC system homologation procedures and in the setting of the ESC system’s parameters at the end of the assembly line,” says Jean-Christophe Figueroa, Wabco vice president of vehicle dynamics and control. “Our new ESCsmart system allows our customers worldwide to optimize the total cost and effort of adopting electronic stability control, particularly in Europe in view of upcoming regulations.”

Wabco anticipates a sharp increase in the number of commercial vehicles that will adopt and certify ESC systems in the run-up to November 2011. Currently, less than 10 percent of the total number of heavy-duty trucks produced in Europe are equipped with electronic stability control.