The US-headquartered Wabco, a leading provider of safety, efficiency and connectivity solutions for commercial vehicles, has market-ready BS-VI solutions. The BS-VI stipulations demand hard core assimilation of challenges from design change to implementation. With the leap from BS-IV to BS-VI from April this year, the automotive industry is taking a significant step to be on par with the European and the US emission norms.
Globally the company is one of the most successful and dependable suppliers of safety, technology and connectivity systems in the CV industry. For the safety solution provider, what this translates into is that given that the air consumption in the vehicle would increase for the treatment of the exhaust gases, in the BS-VI regime, necessitating bigger size compressors on these vehicle platforms. Additionally, in order to cater to the higher operating temperatures and to have precise control that is mandated to meet the BS-VI norms, exhaust brake assemblies are relooked and redesigned. The stricter safety norms provide the company a unique opportunity to work even more closely with OE manufacturers to further penetrate the Indian market and introduce new technologies for the benefit of the end-customers.
The BS-VI regime, while addressing the challenges of emission norms in India, sets a level playing field for OEMs and auto component industry alike to participate in the global market through exports, given that the vehicles and the technology in them would be on par with the global standards. This shift in the emission norms and upgrade of vehicle platforms brings in numerous digitalization opportunities in the entire fleet ecosystem. This new vehicle platform provides an opportunity to further embed connectivity solutions thereby there is a huge potential to mobilize the vehicle intelligence to provide deep meaningful insights on the vehicle performance to the end-user or fleet owner. Some of the OEMs are launching connectivity solutions with the company’s partnership.
Various OEMs are leveraging this milestone to introduce numerous advanced technologies as value enhancers along with BS-VI introduction like hill start aid (HSA), Automatic Traction Control (ATC), Air Disc Brakes (ADB), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
P. Kanniappan, Managing Director, Wabco India Ltd, told Automotive Script, “While we cannot comment anything on behalf of OEMs, we think that the industry is ready to embrace this change, wherein a few of the players are ahead of the curve in terms of implementing the new norms.The onset of BS-VI is a major challenge for the industry, especially in adopting evolving technologies, maintaining a stable supply chain and aftermarket support. The component suppliers must judiciously study the dynamics in the market and provide appropriate technologies and solutions to remain committed towards safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles. The BS VI platform on which the connectivity solutions can be added, help the end- consumer to leverage data analytics in real time, to improve their operational efficiency.”
From an aftermarket perspective, this also requires paradigm shift in the thought process of the fleet owners from the initial cost model to the total cost of ownership model. The second challenge is the understanding of fleet owners of these BS-VI technologies coupled with upskilling drivers across the country to increase their knowledge on the growing electronic systems in the commercial vehicle system. The company would continue its partnership and support offered to the various OEMs and fleets to help them train their drivers and technical personnel. In the new BS-VI regime, the maintenance of SCR is of paramount importance. Bearing this in mind the safety technology player has introduced Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to maintain the efficiency of the SCR.
The transformation to the BS-VI norms will demand large number of vehicles to become more organized thereby providing a much-needed impetus to improve the service capabilities. Vehicle uptime will be the key focus area and vehicle diagnostics will play a significant role to improve not only the uptime but also the vehicle utilization levels. The company is currently leveraging its connectivity solutions and service network by partnering with all the major OEMs. Wabco is gearing up to better serve the end customer through its pan India service network with over 7,000 touch points across the country and equipping them with remote diagnostics software together with the necessary skills for troubleshooting to ensure vehicle uptime requirements are met with.
“We always view India with a positive outlook for the long term. With the advent of BS-VI, the country will be harmonizing the technology with global markets. We believe that this will lead to the service industry becoming further organized; paving the way for numerous possibilities for the emergence of new business models viz. software as a service, pay per use, uberization of commercial vehicle fleets etc. to name a few. We would have a strong role to play in this evolving space. Fleet consolidation and the arrival of mega fleets will be a trend to look forward to, and they will be more focused on TCO and would be looking towards adopting advanced technologies to bring down the same,” Kanniappan said.
In India, to assist the constantly evolving commercial vehicle industry trends, the company is continuously working on developing cost-effective and reliable solutions. It works with several OEMs in the country to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by recommending the right value enhancers and by providing improved uptime for the fleets through connectivity and diagnostic solutions. Post the implementation of GST and increased axle load norms, the fleets are basically looking at amplified vehicle utilization and optimizing their total cost of ownership. In line with this, the company’s advanced solutions including AMT solution, FMS and TPMS, would further support the fleets to better manage their costs and improve overall efficiency.
The company has a strong manufacturing footprint in India. It has leveraged local engineering, manufacturing capabilities combined with localization and design to cost initiatives to provide the right value to the customers.The logistics cost in India is still quite high. The government has however committed to reduce this cost, by improving infrastructure and the adoption of tractor-trailer combinations. Here as well, the company will work with the government and other relevant stakeholders to upgrade the trailer industry to keep up with global standards.
“We would continue to bring advanced technologies and offer localized solution to the Indian CV industry coupled with application engineering support. We believe that we will play a key role as the industry evolves in the future by bringing in advanced technologies that help improve safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles,” Kanniappan said.
OptiTire to monitor tyre pressure
Tyres are among the largest ongoing maintenance costs for commercial vehicle fleets. Reducing this cost in any possible way will be beneficial in the long run. WABCO OptiTire is a solution designed to work with a wide range of commercial vehicles, from light trucks to heavy goods vehicles. It is specifically designed to reduce fleet running costs and improve fleet safety. OptiTire is the next generation of tire pressure monitoring solutions. The innovative solution monitors pressure across the fleet and alerts about punctures, early leakage and quick fixes. WABCO OptiTire ensures optimal performance, greater fuel saving, increased uptime and longer tyre life thereby offering reduced Total Cost of Ownership and greater returns on investment.
OptiTire Benefits: Warns the driver about any pressure deviation;
Maximizes tyre life by maintaining recommended tire pressures; Delivers up to 2% fuel savings; Early leakage detection reduces vehicle downtime from tyre blowouts; Reduces installation time during assembly; Flexible system configuration; Easy to retrofit; and Real-time fleet notification thanks to telematics connectivity.