Wabco works with Peloton on truck platooning

HANOVER, GERMANY. Wabco Holdings is working with Peloton Technology to advance a solution for truck platooning, integrating commercial vehicle-to-vehicle communication and other automation technologies, the company announced during IAA 2016.

“Wabco will contribute to this work with its industry-leading portfolio of braking, advanced stability and emergency braking systems, including predictive cruise control,” the company said. “Peloton will bring its proprietary platooning technologies, which are currently under testing on U.S. highways.”

Wabco’s OnGuardACTIVE collision mitigation system, with its 77GHz radar sensor, is a key enabler of the platoon’s trucks, the company noted. When necessary, it provides active braking to avoid or mitigate impending rear-end collisions.

Peloton’s systems enable platooning through advanced vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication, enabling tractor-trailers to accelerate and brake together and safely operate at closer distances to gain aerodynamic efficiencies.

Peloton’s system also processes real-time data gathered from sensors linked to other vehicle active safety and automation systems, including Wabco’s OnGuard emergency braking system and from Wabco’s source of digital information about the vehicle’s systems and performance.

“Wabco shares our mission of increasing safety and efficiency for fleets and other transport customers. Today’s announcement builds on our past work together, and we continue to be excited about the synergy with WABCO, a global technology leader in advanced driver assistance and active safety systems,” said Josh Switkes, Peloton CEO and founder. “Working with WABCO we can make trucks and drivers safer on highways whether in platoon or operating individually.”

“We are excited to expand Wabco’s strategy to offer differentiated solutions and services that empower tomorrow’s fleets, and working with industry-leading Peloton Technology demonstrates how Wabco is mobilizing vehicle intelligence to support driving automation,” said Jacques Esculier, chairman and CEO.

In addition, Wabco reports that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a global tier-one automotive industry supplier headquartered in Asia to bring active steering and other technologies to the commercial industry through a new joint venture. The MoU sets a framework to establish a joint venture agreement for a new business that will develop, manufacture and sell electronically controlled active steering systems for the global truck and bus market.

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