WABCO OptiDriveTM – Leading modular transmission automation solution for CVs
MOTORINDIA|March 2020
The Indian commercial vehicle (CV) industry is experiencing a transformation both in terms of technology and product offerings.

The Government of India has mandated the roll out of Bharat Stage VI emission norms from April this year. The legislative landscape is fast evolving in India with a strong focus on safety and efficiency norms, which will make CV fleets of the future safer and more efficient.

Indian customers have been steadily increasing their demands towards greater quality, safer, efficient and more reliable products of appropriate technologies at reasonable costs. These technologies have more emphasis on energy efficiency, emission reduction, safety and weight reduction.

In addition, fleets are increasingly focusing on technologies to improve fuel efficiency, enhance driver & passenger comfort, increase driver productivity and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). One of the key areas of focus is the transmission technology wherein automatic / Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) find their way into CV applications. The growing demand for AMT technologies can be attributed to providing efficient means of maintaining fuel efficiency of a vehicle whilst also improving the driver comfort.

This provides ample opportunities for companies to further penetrate the market with advanced technologies like AMT and enhance the consumer experience. One such technology is WABCO’s OptiDrive, a unique pneumatic AMT solution for the Indian CV industry that is designed to benefit fleets by improving fuel efficiency, enhancing driver comfort, increasing driver productivity and reducing TCO.

Modular system

OptiDrive is an award-winning modular transmission automation technology that can be easily adapted to a wide range of existing manual gearboxes and provides an alternate cost effective and reliable solution for CVs. It combines the comfort and ease-of-use of an automatic transmission (AT) with the efficiency of a manual transmission (MT) and is engineered as a modular system. WABCO’s OptiDrive AMT system releases the driver from frequent clutch and shift operations thereby helping to reduce stress and fatigue and letting drivers concentrate on the road. Optimized gear shifting improves driver effectiveness across all levels of experience.

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