Wabco Holdings will supply its adaptive cruise control to Yutong in China, the world’s largest manufacturer of buses, as part of an expanded long-term agreement to furnish advanced safety technologies. It marks the first adoption of ACC technology on a commercial vehicle in the Chinese market.
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. Yutong buses are in service in 27 countries.
Wabco’s ACC automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain a preset distance to the moving vehicle ahead. It reacts with acoustic and visual warning, engine control and, if necessary, partial braking. It is said to improve vehicle safety as well as driver effectiveness and comfort.
Wabco will also continue long-term 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, Yutong Bus Company. “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.”
“We continue to pioneer new technologies for advanced safety and driver effectiveness as demonstrated by Yutong’s choice of Wabco’s ACC to further strengthen their leading position in the bus market in China and internationally,” says Leon Liu, WABCO President, Asia. “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. This trend is a driver for increasing Wabco content per vehicle through specially developed, locally adapted systems and products.”