WABCO raising the bar with a range of proven safety, efficiency and connectivity solutions for bus fleets
MOTORINDIA|February 2020
The Indian bus market is known for its sheer size and scale and is second to China in terms of number of buses sold every year. Popular for its front-engine buses with bus bodies built by third party bodybuilders, the market is fast transforming into a mature and organized sector with fully-built solutions from OEMs gaining traction thanks to fleet customers’ growing preference for the same.

From a technology perspective too, the market is evolving steadily, with products and solutions that improve profitability, increase efficiency and ensure comfort and safety of passengers being welcomed by the fleets as well as the end-users.

Another important change impacting the industry is on the regulatory front. The Bus Body Code AIS 052 is already in place with the goal of increasing the safety and comfort of passengers. The AIS 153 notification mandates all buses to have additional safety features while AIS 140 ensures buses are equipped with telematics with emergency switches. The AIS 053 (School Bus Code) and AIS 119 (Sleeper Bus Code) have also introduced stringent norms for safety compliance in the respective vehicle segments.

WABCO’s value proposition

Making the most of the dynamic market scenario, WABCO, a leading provider of technologies and services to the commercial vehicle industry, has emerged as a proven partner for bus fleets in the country, through its range of solutions, aimed at making road transportation safer, more efficient, thereby lowering the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and providing higher uptime.

WABCO supports the aspirations of the fleets through retrofit solutions, application engineering, and homologation support. Supplementing this, the company has trained service and application engineers and offers pan-India service and support network to its customers across the country.

WABCO India’s solutions for bus fleets help improve the safety, efficiency, and connectivity of vehicles.

Accelerating towards road safety

WABCO offers numerous technological solutions that make bus journeys safer for the drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users on busy, city streets. From smart braking systems to stability control and modular door mechanisms, these technologies help buses become a vital and useful part of a modern, connected, transportation network.

PAN™ Air Disc Brakes (ADB)

WABCO’s PAN™ Air Disc Brakes for light, medium and heavy CVs are known for their lightweight design and proven single-piston technology that deliver superior performance and offers significant improvement over drum brake application. PAN is designed to be maintenance-free through lifetime lubrication and easy radial pad exchange. The service cost is reduced considerably, thus resulting in extended service intervals. This globally proven product has been successfully applicated on CVs in markets including Europe, the US, Brazil & China. PAN range of Air Disc Brakes have been applicated by a number of leading bus fleet operators in India as well.

Door control solutions

WABCO offers an integrated solution comprising door systems (pneumatic and electric), in combination with its door control solution. The fully integrated door solution incorporates safety features for bus variants in compliance with the latest legislative requirements. WABCO electronically-managed door control systems are designed with integrated safety functionalities including emergency and blocking functionality. The door control’s patented single-valve-solution and fewer components results in easy and cost-effective installation while its modular structure system can control up to 8 doors offering universal use and quick adaptation to different bus door variants.

Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS)

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