August 24, 2018 11:30 AM, EDT

Wabco Opens Primary Tech Hub in Germany, Adds Hino Trucks as Customer

Wabco Customer Care CenterWabco’s dedicated Customer Care Center in Auburn Hills, Mich. (Wabco Holdings Inc.)

Wabco has opened the Global Technology and Innovation Center in Hanover, Germany, the Brussels-based global supply company announced. It also will supply braking and advanced driver assistance systems to U.S.-made heavy-duty Hino Trucks.

The new facility is its largest research and development hub and will focus on, among other things, developing pioneering technologies to support the industry’s migration toward autonomous, connected and electric commercial vehicles.

“The center will be at the vanguard of Wabco’s next generation of autonomous-vehicle control and advanced driver-assistance technologies, such as active braking, active steering, and electronic stability control,” Wabco Chief Technology Officer Christian Brenneke said in a release.

Meanwhile, Wabco’s modular braking system platform that enables anti-lock braking will be standard on Class 7 and Class 8 XL Series trucks from Hino Trucks, which are scheduled to begin series production in early 2019. Hino will offer as options Wabco’s range of advanced driver assistance systems.

These optional systems include OnGuardACTIVE collision mitigation system. This radar-only system provides acoustic, visual and haptic alerts to prompt the driver’s response to imminent collisions. If the driver does not take corrective action, OnGuardACTIVE can autonomously apply the brakes and bring the vehicle to a stop.

Another option is the camera-based OnLaneALERT lane-departure warning system. Lane drifting is the most common cause of accidents involving heavy-duty vehicles, according to Wabco.

Novi, Mich.-based Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group company, assembles, sells and services a lineup of Class 4 through Class 8 diesel commercial trucks in the United States. Wabco supplies technologies and services designed to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles.