ESCsmart gains control in EU

  • 22-Jul-2009 05:01 EDT
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An ESC test at Wabco’s test track in Jeversen, Germany

Wabco’s ESCsmart system has been certified by TÜV Nord Germany, an accredited technical service, leading to approval by the German Federal Authority for Road Transport. It is now approved for use in all 27 countries in the European Union and in 20 other countries worldwide (the U.S. is not yet one of them; no timeline has been set for when it might approve the system). Wabco claims the system is the commercial vehicle industry’s first technology that uses computational simulation to homologate electronic stability control systems for trucks and buses, obviating the need for OEMs to physically test all variants of vehicles for ESC homologation and enabling OEMs and vehicle body builders to design and sell unique vehicle configurations despite their lack of pre-existing ESC parameter settings. A new EU regulation makes ESC systems mandatory on new heavy commercial vehicles from November 2011.

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