A Rich Beginning

WABCO's roots are deep and strong. They go back nearly 150 years to the invention of the revolutionary air brake system by George Westinghouse in 1869. This technological breakthrough greatly improved the safety and performance of the US national railways.

That same year, engineering genius George founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO), which flourished for the next century. It also expanded way beyond railway technology – making major advances for the commercial vehicle industry in Europe and North America.

In 1968, WABCO was acquired by American Standard Companies Inc. and on August 1, 2007, WABCO became an independent public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock symbol WBC.

 " Engineering genius, George Westinghouse founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO), which flourished for the next century "


1869 - United States: the invention of the air brake system by George Westinghouse, founder of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO)

1869 saw George Westinghouse invent the air brake system, an historic technological breakthrough that greatly improved the safety and performance of US railways. That same year, he founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO).

1893 - United States: Westinghouse and Tesla light up the world

About 200,000 lightbulbs specially made by George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla illuminated the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. It was a massive milestone in lightbulb technology.

1895 - United States: George Westinghouse played a crucial role in the opening of the first hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls

The power plant on the Niagara River opened in 1895. It featured the world’s first major hydraulic generators, built by the genius partnership of Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse.

1905 - United States: one of the first electric trains ran with Westinghouse components

George Westinghouse recognized the huge potential of AC electrification. Together with Baldwin, the train manufacturer, he supplied some of the first electric trains to American railroads.

1914 - United States: the first quick brakes for trains

George Westinghouse achieved yet another first with his invention of the quick brake system in 1914, the year of his death. Thanks to him, train travel would be safer and faster.

1920 - United States / France: the first compressed air brakes for cars

Although George Westinghouse was gone, his legacy lived on. In 1920 his company develops the first air brakes for automobiles in the United States and France.

1934 - Germany: WABCO develops the first compressed air brakes for trucks

In 1934, the Hanover branch of the company did for trucks what Westinghouse had already done for trains and cars.

1956 - Germany: WABCO introduces air compressors for trucks

WABCO Hannover delivered another historic first when it registered the design for single and twin-air compressors for commercial vehicles.

1968 - United States: acquisition by American Standard

A new chapter in the company’s history began when WABCO was acquired by American Standard in 1968.

1976 - Launch of the first Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) for Commercial Vehicles

1976 saw development begin on the prevention of braking wheels from locking on slippery roads. The resulting anti-lock braking system from WABCO was a world first for commercial vehicles.

1984 - South America: WABCO opens for business in Brazil

What a difference 25 years can make… the WABCO South America offices in 1984 – when they first opened – and in 2010 at the anniversary party.

1986 - Traction Control System

In 1986, WABCO launched its Traction Control System to improve grip and stability in slippery road conditions.

1986 - Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS)

In 1986, WABCO introduced ECAS, a breakthrough technology that offers features such as high traction performance for 6x2 trucks.

1986 - Pneumatic Transmission Automation System

Launched in 1986, this technology turns a manual transmission into an automated transmission and thereby provides driver comfort, safety and reduced fuel consumption.

1988 - Finland: the Rovaniemi winter test track is inaugurated

…If you’re going to test it, you may as well test it to the limit! WABCO opened its very own extreme cold weather test track in Rovaniemi, Finland in 1988.

1995 - Poland: WABCO opens offices in Lódz

WABCO entered the Polish market in 1995, aiming to bring safer and more efficient technology to Eastern European commercial vehicles.

1996 - Electronic Braking System (EBS)

Introduced in 1996, WABCO EBS improves the response and build-up times in brake cylinders, thereby reducing stopping distances.

1995 - Germany: the Erich Reinecke test track opens in Jeversen

It’s essential to be able to fully test the efficiency and safety systems of OE vehicles on different surfaces and at different speeds. Named after one of WABCO’s finest inventors, the Erich Reinecke test track opened in Jeversen in 1995.

1996 - China: the Asia and China HQ opens

In 1996, WABCO set up a joint venture between Shandong Weiming Automotive Products (SWAP) and Mingshui Automotive Fitting Factory in Jinan. In 2013, SWAP became wholly owned by WABCO.

1998 - Trailer Electronic Braking System (EBS)

The launch of Trailer EBS in 1998 significantly improved brake response time for towed vehicles by utilizing the Controller Area Network (CAN) technology between the truck and trailer.

1998 - India: quality recognized by Deming Medal

In 1998, Sundaram Clayton, which later became part of WABCO India, was the first Indian company to win the prestigious Deming Medal – a global award for total quality management.

1999 - Poland: WABCO plant opens in Wroclaw

Established in 1999, WABCO’s first manufacturing site in Wroclaw is a major hub in the company’s global engineering and manufacturing network. It serves as a center of excellence for technology development, product engineering and lean manufacturing within WABCO’s worldwide organization.

2000 - Roll Stability Support (RSS) for Trailers

Launched in 2000, RSS for trailers was a breakthrough safety technology that helps prevent vehicle rollover.

2001 - Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

In 2001, WABCO introduced ACC. For the first time commercial vehicle drivers could set both their cruise speed and the distance between the vehicle in front.

2001 - Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Brought to market in 2001, WABCO ESC improves directional stability of vehicles, especially during dynamic maneuvers, helping to protect against skidding, spinning and jackknifing.

2001 - Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS) for Cars, SUVs, Light Commercial Vehicles

As from 2001, WABCO has offered an innovative range of electronically controlled air suspension systems on cars, sport utility vehicles and vans that automatically adjusts damper characteristics and off-road clearance. This helps enhances vehicle handling and reduces fuel consumption.

2002 - India: Japan Quality Medal awarded

Sundaram Clayton (later part of WABCO India) won yet another medal for excellence in 2002. This time it was the first Indian company to win the prestigious Japan Quality Medal.

2003 - Integrated Vehicle Tire Monitoring (IVTM)*

In 2003, WABCO launched IVTM to provide in-cabin updates on tire pressures and help prevent dangerous blow-outs.

*Trademark licensed to WABCO by Michelin

2003 - Electronic Air Processing Unit (E-APU)

Responding to the increased need for more air processing technology, WABCO introduced the E-APU to control more efficiently components in a single central unit that – until then – had been separate.

2004 - New Generation Air Disc Brake

In 2004, WABCO pioneered a new generation of Air Disc Brakes which became the basis of the successful MAXXTM range launched in 2010.

2004 - China: manufacturing site opens in Qingdao

In 2004, WABCO established its first wholly owned manufacturing site at Qingdao in China.

2004 - Hydraulic Transmission Automation System

2004 saw WABCO introduce the Hydraulic Transmission Automation System that transforms manual transmission into automatic.

2004 - Air System Protector

In 2004, WABCO was first to introduce an air dryer cartridge with an integrated coalescing function to protect the air system by separating humidity and fine oil aerosols.

2006 - Central Braking Unit

The Central Brake Unit is an innovative combination of three components in the compact Electronic Braking System (EBS). It combines the brake signal transmitter, central module and relay valve.

2006 - Germany: WABCO Academy opens

The WABCO Academy was founded in 2006 to provide professional training, education and certification courses to the commercial vehicle industry. Since then, over 100,000 people have successfully completed our technical training programs.

2006 - Trailer Electronic Braking System EBS-E

WABCO applied a decade of technological experience in 2006 to launch a breakthrough innovation – Trailer EBS-E that controls brake and suspension functions to optimize the stopping distance and improve brake stability.

2006 - d-comp Dual Stage Compressor

An innovative two-stage compressor that – unlike conventional compressors – provides additional cooling between compression stages to significantly reduce oil carryover and lower temperatures.

2007 - United States: The New York Stock Exchange welcomes ‘WBC’

On August 1, 2007, WABCO became an independent public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock symbol WBC. The WABCO’s global HQ is later established in Brussels, Belgium.

2007 - OnGuard™ Collision Mitigation System (CMS)

Designed to maintain a safe distance between vehicles and prevent rear-end collisions, WABCO’s OnGuard is the first CMS with active partial braking to be used in North America.

2007 - RSSplus Roll Stability Support

Specifically engineered for the U.S. market in 2007, the RSSplus system simultaneously monitors trailer wheel speed, lateral acceleration and cargo load.

2007 - m-comp Worldwide Modular Compressor

In 2007, WABCO set a new standard for compressors in commercial vehicles with the Worldwide Modular Compressor.

2008 - OnGuardMAX Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

OnGuardMAX is the industry’s first AEB system to help prevent imminent rear-end collisions with moving and stopped vehicles.

2008 - Trailer Telematics

Trailer Telematics is the first telematics system dedicated to trailers.

2008 - Germany: WABCO Service Partner Network is launched

Customers looking for WABCO genuine parts and an aftermarket service that meets WABCO’s highest standards, need look no further than our growing global network of Service Partners which was first established in 2008.

2008 - h-comp High Output Compressor

The innovatively designed h-comp compressor increases free air delivery by using a unique 100mm piston. The result is that it's smaller, lighter, more efficient and costs less than other compressors.

2008 - Germany: The Erich Reinecke test track gets even tougher

As technology advances so must the environment necessary to test it. Hence the addition of a special vehicle dynamics area to the track at Jeversen in 2008, so that the latest systems, such as Roll Stability Support, can be put to the test.

2008 - OptiDrive Modular Transmission Automation System

OptiDrive is a modular automated manual transmission system designed to increase driver comfort and reduce fuel consumption.

2009 ESCsmart™ Electronic Stability Control

ESCsmart is a breakthrough in electronic vehicle stability control that helps to protect against rollover, skidding and jackknifing. It also adapts easily to the widest range of vehicles on the market.

2009 Trailer OptiTurn

Turning a trailer in the tightest possible circle has been so much easier since the introduction of OptiTurn in 2009. It automatically detects corners and curves, releasing the rear axle bellows’ pressure or lifting the rear axle accordingly.

2009 China: WABCO-Guangdong FUWA joint venture

In 2009, WABCO established a joint venture between Guangdong WABCO FUWA Vehicle Brakes Company and Guangdong FUWA Engineering Group.

2009 - Trailer OptiLoad

OptiLoad helps to prevent damage to trailers from excessive loads by physically redistributing the load from the truck king pin on the last trailer axles.

2009 - Integrated Driveline Pedal Module

The Integrated Driveline Pedal module was launched in 2009 and combines brake, clutch and throttle functionalities.

2009 - c-comp Clutch Compressor

Developed in 2009, c-comp saves valuable fuel by using an integrated clutch to disengage the compressor from the engine when air is not needed.

2010 - OnGuardPlus Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS)

2010 saw the launch of OnGuardPLUS, WABCO’s AEBS for trucks and buses. It detects moving, decelerating and stationary vehicles ahead and – if necessary – autonomously applies the brakes.

2010 - MAXX 22 Air Disc Brakes

MAXX 22" is a heavy duty (but impressively light weight) air disc brake with a reinforced single-piston clamping unit delivering torques of more than 30,000 Nm.

2010 - China: WABCO Jinan branch opens

WABCO established the Jinan branch of the Qingdao manufacturing site in 2009.

2010 - TailGUARD Rear Blind Spot Detection

TailGUARD delivers the modern answer to the age-old driver question: ‘What’s behind me?’ Thanks to rear blindspot monitoring and automatic stopping, TailGUARD makes it safer and simpler to reverse a trailer.

2010 TrailerGUARD™ Telematics

TrailerGuard Telematics is unique because it combines braking system diagnosis with other operating data to provide a more comprehensive overview. The result: more efficient and safer fleet operations.

2010 FuelGuard Electronic Air Processing Unit

FuelGuard is WABCO’s enhanced, electronically controlled air processing unit that incorporates an air dryer, a multi-circuit protection valve, pressure sensors and power reduction / clutch steering functions.

2010 e-comp™ Electrically Driven Compressor

If trucks, buses and off-highway vehicles with hybrid or pure electric drivelines need a compressor, WABCO’s e-comp is the answer.

2010 Trailer Remote Control

Since 2010 this has been the best way for fleet operators to remotely monitor and control key trailer functions – like tire pressure, brake pad wear and the immobilizer.

2010 Poland: WABCO REMAN (remanufacturing) production site is established in Stanowice

The Polish WABCO REMAN was founded in 2010 to remanufacture air compressors and trailer modulators.

2011 Modular Electronic Braking System (EBS)

Different vehicles have different requirements. This optimized modular EBS system can be adapted for most vehicle applications.

2011 Improved Integrated Vehicle Tire Monitoring (IVTM)*

If a tire has a leak, this improved IVTM is designed to tell the operator all about it before it becomes a dangerous blow-out.

*Trademark licensed to WABCO by Michelin

2011 India: WABCO opens in Chennai

WABCO India Ltd opens for business and establishes its HQ in Chennai.

2011 Intelligent Trailer Program

With 40 different features – including next-generation automated manual transmission – that can be retrofitted to many trailers, the Intelligent Trailer Program delivers advanced safety, cost efficiency, load optimization and driver comfort.

2011 Next Generation Automated Manual Transmission

Unlike the first pneumatic (1986) and hydraulic versions (2003), WABCO’s Next Generation Automated Manual Transmission now uses electrical wiring and electronic controls compared and is designed to withstand high temperature conditions.

2011 Water-cooled Compressor Crankcase

The integrated water channels of this innovative compressor crankcase lower the cylinder wall temperatures to reduce oil evaporation. Perfect for applications with high air demands.

2012 OnLane Lane Departure Warning System

WABCO’s OnLane is a camera-based system for trucks and buses designed to warn drivers when they unintentionally leave a lane.

2012 Germany: WABCO awarded the Daimler Supplier Award

2012 saw WABCO win the Daimler Supplier Award 2012 for outstanding performance in braking system electronics.

2012 Hydraulic ABS

In its latest version, showcased in 2012, the ABS is equipped with electronic stability control for light and medium-duty vehicles with hydraulic foundation brakes.

2012 EBS for Hybrid Driveline

Anticipating the growing demand for hybrid and purely electric commercial vehicles, WABCO developed this specialized electronic braking system in 2012.

2012 Germany: the Sales & Training Center opens in Hannover

At 3,000m2 the Sales & Training Center in Hanover was – and still is – the largest of all 14 WABCO Academy training facilities worldwide.

2012 MAXXUS™ Air Disc Brake

With the launch of MAXXUS air disc brake, WABCO yet again led the way in technology that significantly reduces stopping distances of commercial vehicles.

2012 Poland: Product engineering expands in Wroclaw

The opening of a new R&D Center in 2012 further expanded the capabilities of product engineering in Poland.

2012 OptiFlow SideWings for Trailers

The more streamlined a vehicle, the more efficient it is. The OptiFlow SideWings improve the airflow around trailers – increasing fuel economy by up to 5 percent at highway speeds.

2012 India: launch of WABCO India Mahindra World City Plant 2

WABCO India needed more facilities for exports. So in 2012 Plant 2 opened at Mahindra World City.

2012 OptiLevel

The OptiLevel air suspension system saves time and fuel by automatically adjusting trailer height during loading and unloading.

2013 South America: new ABS production line in Brazil

Since 2013, WABCO Brazil has been producing its own ABS components – helping to establish the local market presence and expanding WABCO’s global capabilities in South America.

2013 South Korea: launch of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) System

The groundbreaking ESC was launched in South Korea in 2013. Joint workshops with the customer HMC group helped validate the ESC system

2013 India: the WABCO Air Dryer assembly line starts rolling

At the Mahindra World City plant, a state-of-the-art assembly line has been producing Air Dryers since 2013.

2014 Belgium: Transics joins WABCO

WABCO acquired Transics International, a market leader in European fleet management solutions, based in Ypres vs. Ieper, Belgium.

2014 FuelGuard Lean Combined with ABS

FuelGuard delivers superior fuel efficiency at reduced system cost by integrating software in an electronic control unit hosted on the ABS.

2014 India: taking part in the Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship

WABCO India participated in the country’s first Tata Truck Championships as the official ‘Braking Technology Partner’.

2014 India: launch of Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

WABCO India launched its AMT adaptation and proved its effectiveness at local product demonstrations and customer events.

2014 h-comp Full Aluminum Compressor

The WABCO h-comp was the first high output compressor developed without a liner – reducing both weight and fuel bills.

2014 Poland: a second plant opens its doors in Wroclaw

To better serve commercial vehicle manufacturers, WABCO continues to invest in the expansion of its manufacturing footprint. That’s why WABCO Poland opened a second facility in 2014.

2014 mBSP modular Braking System Platform

A breakthrough safety technology that allows commercial vehicle manufacturers to fit their trucks and buses with either ABS or EBS, according to regional market or regulatory requirements. And because this WABCO platform has the industry’s highest degree of component and software standardization, the manufacturer’s job is made all the more easy.

2014 OptiTire

The latest generation of pressure monitoring, OptiTire helps to maximize tire life by using external and internal sensors to warn the driver of pressure and temperature deviation.

2014 OptiPace™

OptiPace offers intelligent vehicle speed adaptation to the road ahead, so vehicles can be driven far more economically.

2014 - OptiFlow™ Tail

OptiFlow Tail, WABCO's latest aerodynamic product for trailers, helps to increase the fuel economy of tractor-trailer combinations by up to 3.5 percent at highway speeds.

2014 - TailGUARD™ for Truck and Bus

The next generation TailGUARD for trucks and buses, uses up to six ultrasonic sensors to identify even small stationary or moving objects hidden in the vehicle’s blind spot. If its audio and visual warnings are not responded to quick enough by the driver, the brakes are automatically applied.

2015 - United States: Opening of a new Commercial Vehicle Development and Testing facility in Rochester Hills, Michigan

WABCO opened a new commercial vehicle development and testing facility in Rochester Hills, Michigan (USA). The advanced 4,400-square-foot site supports the work of more than 50 engineers involved in the innovation and development of new products and systems for commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators locally.

2015 - Launch of OnGuardACTIVE™ Collision Mitigation System to North America

WABCO launches its most advanced Collision Mitigation System (CMS) for trucks and buses in North America. WABCO's OnGuardACTIVE features superior radar and is effective in all seasons. OnGuardACTIVE is capable of delivering up to full braking on moving and stopping vehicles and can bring the vehicle to a complete stop. It can also deliver partial braking on stationary vehicles.

2015 - India: Opening of new Software Center in Chennai

In 2015, WABCO opened a new facility in Chennai, India that will enable it to significantly expand software engineering and shared services capabilities. Since 2010, WABCO has more than doubled its number of software engineers in India to nearly 250. The new facility will also accommodate WABCO's shared services team of more than 100 professionals.

2015 - Milestone of 3 million automated manual transmission (AMT) sold reached

As of 2015, 3 million WABCO automated manual transmission (AMT) systems have been sold, including WABCO's industry award-winning OptiDrive™ system, its modular automated manual transmission technology which increases fuel economy up to 5% through optimized gear shifting.

2015 - Launch of a new aftermarket brand offering called ProVia™

In 2015, WABCO launched its reliable aftermarket brand, ProVia offering a smart and reliable alternative for budget spare parts for commercial vehicles, without compromising on quality. So far, ProVia offers over 40 products on provia-auto.com site and is supported by WABCO's engineering, manufacturing and aftermarket service network.

2015 - Launch of a next-generation TX-TRAILERGUARD™ fleet management solution

The next-generation TX-TRAILERGUARD fleet management solution marks the first product integration after WABCO's acquisition of Transics. It connects big data from trucks, trailers, drivers and cargo together with fleet managers and office functions. An industry-leading technology, TX-TRAILERGUARD helps fleet operators to improve vehicle safety and efficiency while reducing costs through real-time online exchange of differentiated data and messages.

2016 - United States: Acquisition of MICO, a leading manufacturer in off-highway vehicle components in North America

In February 2, 2016, WABCO announced its acquisition of MICO Incorporated, a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of hydraulic components, controls and brake systems for vehicles in agriculture, construction, mining and similar industries. Headquartered in North Mankato, Minnesota, USA, MICO serves all leading off-highway vehicle OEMs globally.

2016 - Germany: Acquisition of Trans-Safety LOCKS, a market leader of security solution in the transportation industry

WABCO acquired Trans-Safety LOCKS® GmbH ("Trans-Safety LOCKS"), a market leader of security solutions for the transportation industry in Europe. The acquisition enables WABCO to expand its product portfolio associated with its global Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) business and the company's Intelligent Trailer Program.

2016 - United States: Acquisition of Laydon Composites expanding WABCO's overall aerodynamics product portfolio

WABCO acquired Laydon Composites Ltd. (LCL), a manufacturer of aerodynamic devices for heavy-duty trucks and trailers. Through the acquisition, WABCO is the only supplier that provides a full range of OptiFlow aerodynamic devices for commercial vehicles worldwide. Aerodynamic devices help commercial vehicle fleet operators to improve their operational efficiency and environmental performance.

2016 - Unveilling of Evasive Maneuver Assist safety technology prototype with active braking and steering capability to help avoid collisions

WABCO and ZF unveil bBreakthrough Evasive Maneuver Assist safety technology for commercial vehicles and demonstrate a prototype that connects active braking and steering capability

2016 - Introduction of OnGuardMAX™ advanced emergency braking system

WABCO introduced its OnGuardMAX advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) for trucks and buses, which provides up to full braking when confronted with both stationary and moving vehicles ahead. WABCO is the industry's first OEM independent system supplier to offer AEBS and OnGuardMAX marks another advanced technology that further enables automated driving for commercial vehicles.

2016 - Launched new OptiFlow™ AutoTail and introduced OptiFlow™ TrailerSkirt aerodynamic solutions in Europe

WABCO debuted its OptiFlow AutoTail, the next generation of OptiFlow Tail, the best performing tail in Europe as validated by fleets. WABCO also featured its OptiFlow TrailerSkirt for the first time in Europe. OptiFlow AutoTail features automatic deployment and retraction of aerodynamic tail panels based on driving speed. OptiFlow TrailerSkirt provides a lightweight and unique patented aerodynamic system that demonstrated fuel savings of more than 1.8 liters per 100 km at U.S. highway speeds.

2016 - Introduces OnHand™, an innovative electro-pneumatic parking brake technology for trucks and buses

WABCO's OnHand, featuring unique valve engineering and advanced mechatronics, marks the commercial vehicle industry's first stand-alone parking brake control and supplies yet another technological building block toward autonomous driving. Creatively engineered to be the industry's leanest and only solution of its kind that can operate independently of the vehicle's air processing unit, OnHand braking technology provides automatic engage, release functionality, safe parking control and back-up braking in case of service-brake failure.

2017 - Launch of industry-leading OptiFlow aerodynamic solutions for trailers in North America

WABCO launched its OptiFlow AutoTail, the first product of to earn the EPA SmartWay verification from the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) in Canada. OptiFlow AutoTail delivers fuel savings of up to 4.3% at highway speeds based on SmartWay test protocol, and reduces CO₂ emissions by up to 4.8 tons per trailer per year.

2017 - OnGuard™ collision mitigation system marks 10th anniversary

WABCO's OnGuard Collision Mitigation System has helped prevent approximately 2,000 fatal or injury accidents over the 10 years that top U.S. fleets have been equipping their trucks with the technology. Fleets equipped with OnGuard report a reduction in rear-end collisions up to 87 percent and up to 95 percent reduction in the cost of rear-end collisions. The adoption of OnGuard has nearly quadrupled in the past five years, growing to 130,000 systems on the road and embraced by more than 70% of the top 50 for-hire fleets.

2017 - United States: Opening of the state-of-the-art manufacturing site in North Charleston

WABCO localized the production of its most advanced Air Disc Brakes (ADB) for commercial vehicles in the United States , by opening a state-of-the-art manufacturing site in North Charleston, South Carolina. WABCO moved to this new 145,000-square-foot facility, expanding its manufacturing footprint by more than 60 percent, and employment to over 230 individuals.

2017 - 5 million MAXX™ and MAXXUS™ single-piston air disc brakes sold worldwide

WABCO marked a historic milestone of selling more than five million single-piston air disc brakes (ADB) worldwide. MAXX represents the lightest and highest performing single-piston ADB range for commercial vehicles in the market. WABCO's MAXX air disc brakes are manufactured on four continents and sold worldwide, serving customers across the globe with products tailored to their specific needs. WABCO's air disc brakes offer shorter stopping distances and easier, faster maintenance than conventional drum brakes.

2017 - Introduction of Intelligent Brake Interlock, an advanced electronic brake interlock system that improves the safety of tank trailers

WABCO introduced Intelligent Brake Interlock, an advanced electronic brake interlock system that improves the safety of tank trailers that haul hazardous materials or are equipped with cryogenic equipment. Intelligent Brake Interlock uses proprietary technologies to improve the safe operation of tank trailers by ensuring that the vehicle does not move during loading and unloading, monitoring vehicle speed and the brake position switch, and providing an electronic fail-safe while the vehicle is in motion.

2017 - China: WABCO and G7 form joint venture for trailer fleet management solutions in China

In April 2017, WABCO and G7, a technology leader in China's fleet logistics industry, formed a joint venture and launched Smart Trailer FMS, a trailer fleet management solution (FMS). It is integrated with WABCO's Intelligent Trailer Program, which monitors and controls more than 40 onboard functions.

2017 - Introduction of OnSide™, an advanced blind-spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers

In 2017, WABCO introduced OnSide, an advanced blind-spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers. This new radar-based system alerts drivers to the presence of a moving vehicle in a truck's blind spot and provides a side-collision warning to reduce the risk of accidents. When used in conjunction with WABCO's OnLaneASSIST™ lane-keeping assist system, OnSide can go beyond warning to enable active collision avoidance.

2017 - United States: Buyout of Meritor WABCO joint venture in North America

In October 2017, WABCO completed the buyout of the Meritor WABCO joint venture in North America, purchasing Meritor, Inc.'s stake and taking full ownership of the enterprise. The acquisition enables WABCO to consolidate operations in North America and unify its business with one team under one brand. It unlocks further value for OEMs and fleets by offering seamless access to the full spectrum of WABCO's safety and efficiency technologies.

2017 - South Africa: Full ownership acquired for its business partnership

In December 2017, WABCO acquired the remaining ownership interest of its South African partnership with Sturrock and Robson Industries Pty Ltd., creating the wholly-owned WABCO South Africa. This acquisition will enable WABCO to introduce its extended global portfolio to the Sub-Saharan region and to further improve its connectivity across the region.

2018 - Launch of TRAXEE™, anew Fleet Management System (FMS) designed for operators of small to medium-size commercial fleets

In June 2018, WABCO launched its TRAXEE Fleet Management System offering smaller fleet operators several business-critical functions without incurring large capital investment or management overhead expenses. Launched as a scalable and rapid pay-back solution, TRAXEE enables operators to better coordinate fleet capacity, manage driver activity and improve administrative efficiency. The system also provides real-time status updates on individual trucks and drivers while helping to address tachograph legal compliance requirements across Europe and Turkey.

2018 - Germany: Official opening of the new state-of-the-art Global Technology and Innovation Center in Hanover

WABCO inaugurated its 11,500 square meter state-of-the-art global technology and innovation centre located in Hanover, Germany on August 2018. As its largest Research and Development hub, the new Global Technology and Innovation Center will fulfil a central role within WABCO's network of product development and engineering centers that span over four continents.

2018 - Thailand: Inauguration of an advanced braking systems facility in Rayong

As the only full braking system provider for commercial vehicles in Southeast Asia, WABCO's new 5,692-square-meter facility provides an important strategic foothold in Thailand's rapidly expanding market. With capacity for future growth, production at the new facility will include brake chambers, spring brake actuators, load sensing proportioning valve, multi-circuit protection valve and electronic braking systems (EBS).

2018 - Unveiling of the complete range of new generation high-performance MAXX brakes

WABCO launched its fifth generation range of single-piston Air Disc Brake technology suitable for all types of light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Superbly engineered, MAXX's new lighter weight, high-performance and low drag-torque design further boosts fuel efficiency and enables increased transport payloads. WABCO has sold over six million single-piston Air Disc Brake systems worldwide, including more than one million systems proven in the field for 30,000 Nm heavy-duty applications.

2018 - Launch of the industry's first Global Modular Braking Platform for trailers

WABCO launched the industry's first global modular braking platform covering all types of trailers at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018. This latest breakthrough in trailer braking systems design furthers WABCO's worldwide leadership in intelligent trailer technologies by offering trailer builders and commercial fleets the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of safety and efficiency functions specifically for trailers.

2018 - Presentation of WABCO's first electric trailer prototype at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018

WABCO presented its first electric trailer prototype at IAA 2018 developed to maximize operating efficiency and lower fuel consumption. The new electric trailer is equipped with an electric motor and its associated control system – named eTrailer – marking the company's first prototype that uniquely connects truck and trailer vehicle controls.

2018 - Launch of an advanced suite of digital applications and fleet management solutions that offer connectivity, enhanced safety and efficiency for fleets

WABCO presented its ability to mobilize vehicle intelligence and connect fleet operations through a range of new applications that, among others, include a 'big data' enabled fuel management system, an advanced Fleet Management Solution (FMS) for trailers and a powerful remote diagnostics solution for all makes of truck. Learn more

2018 - WABCO unveils 'Mobilizing Vehicle Intelligence' brand strapline

Mobilizing Vehicle Intelligence communicates WABCO's vision and mission for the future. It's how WABCO intends to sustain differentiation and add value for its stakeholders through technology leadership. WABCO is innovating and investing to deliver the key enabling technologies that can fully leverage the 'increasing intelligence' of commercial vehicles for a future-world of autonomous mobility.

A journey of innovation

WABCO's track record of technological leadership features many of the commercial vehicle industry's most important innovations. Within our space, WABCO is most associated with "industry firsts" such as:

  • 2017 - OnSide™, an advanced blind-spot detection system for commercial trucks and trailers. A radar-based system alerts drivers to the presence of a moving vehicle in a truck's blind spot and provides a side collision warning to reduce the risk of accidents
  • 2016 - Breakthrough OnCity™ Urban Turning Assist system, the Company's technology engineered for trucks, buses and tractor-trailers to help protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic
  • 2016 - Breakthrough collision avoidance technology for commercial vehicles jointly developed with ZF, the Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA) combines WABCO's world-class braking, stability and vehicle dynamics control systems on trucks and trailers with ZF's top active steering technology — an industry first
  • 2016 - First door lock control technology (OptiLock™) that provides high security locking systems for trailers and container doors seamlessly connected with telematics systems
  • 2014 - First technology (OptiLink™) that provides a single user interface via a mobile device, such as a smartphone, to monitor and control multiple functions on both the truck and trailer
  • 2014 - First modular braking system platform (mBSP™) that enables vehicle makers to interchangeably equip their truck and bus platforms with either ABS or electronic braking systems (EBS) anywhere in the world
  • 2014 - First technology (TX-TRAILERGUARD™) that provides comprehensive operating data on the performance of the truck, trailer and driver in a single integrated real-time view
  • 2012 – First electronic braking system (EBS) for hybrid-driven trucks and buses
  • 2012 – First hydraulic anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic stability control (ESC)
  • 2011 – First Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) on a commercial vehicle in China
  • 2010 – First autonomous emergency braking system (AEBS) in compliance with the European Union's expected regulation
  • 2009 – First simulation system for electronic stability control (ESC) homologation
  • 2008 – First autonomous emergency braking system (AEBS)
  • 2007 – First collision mitigation system (CMS) with active braking
  • 2001 – First electronic stability control (ESC) system
  • 1996 – First electronic braking system (EBS)
  • 1986 – First automated manual transmission (AMT) system
  • 1986 – First electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) system
  • 1981 – First anti-lock braking system (ABS)


George Westinghouse and the Air Brake: 1846 - 1998

From the book "The History of American Standard", 
reprinted with permission.

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