Wabco Holdings will supply its adaptive cruise control to Chinese bus manufacturer Yutong as part of an expanded long-term agreement to furnish advanced safety technologies. Series production will start in the first quarter of 2012 with Wabco ACC as a standard feature on Yutong’s range of high-end buses, which includes luxury, intercity, urban, light and hybrid-electric buses.
“Commercial vehicle manufacturers in China are increasingly attributing further value to vehicle and road safety, and as a result, they are growing their adoption of highly advanced technologies,” says Leon Liu, Wabco president, Asia. “This trend is a driver for increasing Wabco content per vehicle through specially developed, locally adapted systems and products.”
Wabco’s ACC is designed to adjust the vehicle’s speed automatically to maintain a preset distance to the moving vehicle ahead. It reacts with acoustic and visual warning, engine control and, if necessary, partial braking. Wabco also will continue to supply Yutong with electronic stability control and electronic braking systems as standard features for series production on Yutong’s range of high-end buses.
“We greatly value Wabco’s technology portfolio, as it strongly supports our ‘Super Safety’ program comprising ACC, ESC and EBS as standard features on high-end Yutong buses,” says Tang Wang, deputy director of technology for Yutong. “We are also proud to be the first bus maker in China to equip vehicles with ACC, and as a result, the safety controls on our premier products are the most advanced in the Chinese market.”