Wabco India said Tata Motors had introduced its electronic stability control (ESC) for trucks and buses, becoming the first OEM to deploy the ESCsmart product, in its Prima range.
Wabco chairman and CEO Jacques Esculier introduced the technology to key government officials, fleet customers and media at a test track demonstration of special manoeuvres using Tata trucks equipped with the technology.
ESCsmart functionality builds on the supplier's anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic braking system (EBS) platforms. It is an active safety system that monitors the roll and directional stability of vehicles. The system can automatically intervene, independent of the driver, when a high risk of instability is detected, thus helping to reduce the likelihood of accidents particularly associated with rollover, skidding and jackknifing.
Esculier said: "Wabco is a global leader in innovating technologies that contribute to safer and more efficient road transportation of people and goods. Following pioneering the introduction of ABS for commercial vehicles in India, [we are] extremely proud to now launch ESCsmart and to play a key role in further helping to support the government of India's vision to reduce road accidents.
"We look forward to paving the way for its further adoption in India."
The product's self-learning capabilities also help vehicle manufacturers to eliminate the necessity of physically testing all variants of vehicles during homologation, saving considerable time and labour.
AK Jindal, Tata's head of of commercial vehicle engineering, said: "The introduction of ESCsmart further reiterates our commitment to strengthen the safety performance of our products and introduce future technologies, ahead of time. [It] has been customised to incorporate more safety parameters for operation in India."
Wabco pioneered ESC for commercial vehicles in 2001 and has since sold over 1m systems worldwide.
Features include yaw control and roll stability control. Yaw control provides directional vehicle stability on low friction surfaces while RSC works effectively on high friction surfaces.
ESCsmart has been certified by TÜV Nord Germany and has been approved for use in 27 countries in the European Union and a further 20 countries worldwide.