Track investment boosts Wabco’s brake-testing capabilities

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Wabco Holdings has held a ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion of its Erich Reinecke test track in Jeversen, Germany, part of a US$21 million (€18 million) investment in expanding its vehicle testing capability for heavy-duty trucks and buses. The track will be used to evaluate braking control systems and other technologies designed to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles.

The test track expansion will add a separate 1,000m² project center and two additional truck halls to the facility, as well as a new 3.6km (2.24 mile) oval circuit that will be used to replicate real-life highway driving conditions for the testing of technologies such as lane-departure warning systems, traffic jam assistants and highway pilots or platooning.

“Continuously providing the commercial vehicle industry with accident-avoiding safety and automation systems requires an increasing complexity of vehicle testing and validation,” stated Christian Brenneke, CTO at Wabco. “With the expansion of our test track we enable validation of fully autonomous vehicles as well as further innovative advanced driver assistance systems.

The track expansion follows the opening of Wabco’s new Global Technology and Innovation Center in Hanover, Germany in August 2018.

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