Knorr-Bremse Adds Safety System to Bus Fleet

Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement

MUNICH – Knorr-Bremse TruckServices, the commercial vehicle aftermarket segment of the company, is contracted to equip more than 500 buses operated by Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) with the retrofittable ProFleet Assist+ Gen 2 turning assistant (advanced driver-assistance system – ADAS).

Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other rail and commercial vehicle systems, will fulfill the contract by the end of 2023. The agreement also includes an option to upgrade another 100 buses.

“We’re delighted that we’ve been asked to install our retrofittable turning assistant on more than 500 buses run by Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein by 2023. Urban environments often have narrow streets and complex intersections, representing a particular challenge for drivers and thus a high risk for cyclists and pedestrians. With this upgrade, we’re making a major contribution to improving road safety along the routes on which VHH operates. This retrofitting contract is a perfect fit with our ‘Zero Accidents’ vision,” said Alexander Wagner, Vice President Aftermarket / TruckServices EMEA at Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems.

“We’re very pleased to be upgrading our buses with the ProFleet Assist+ Gen 2 turning assistant from Knorr-Bremse TruckServices. Our city buses often have to travel down narrow streets, making lots of turns in the process. The only way we can effectively support our drivers is by fitting a high-quality system and implementing a holistic solution that will help to avoid future accidents involving pedestrians in the Hamburg metropolitan region,” explained Toralf Müller, Managing Director of VHH.

ProFleet Assist+ uses computer-vision algorithms to reliably distinguish between vulnerable road users and other objects, consequently minimizing the number of false alerts.

With approximately 2,340 employees and some 670 buses, Hamburg-based Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) is the second largest local mass transit operator in northern Germany. The transit company carries roughly 66.9 million passengers every year.