“Knorr‑Bremse has been developing smart system solutions for a very long time; they play a major role in enabling safe, efficient and sustainable urban and intercity transit services,” explained Bernd Spies, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division. “At this year’s Busworld, we’ll be presenting our trailblazing portfolio of products for reliable, high-performance bus fleets.
“With our innovative solutions, we’re helping to define tomorrow’s mobility landscape and focusing ever more intensively on our ‘Zero Emission’ vision.”
New GSBC brake-control system following successful market launch
Among this year’s highlights is the modular Global Scalable Brake Control (GSBC) system, which recently enjoyed a successful European launch. GSBC uses a modular architecture to reduce what was previously a very wide variety of brake components and deliver a future-ready brake control platform.
This makes it possible to simplify system layouts, saving on components, weight and installation costs. The system supports brake control functions such as ABS and ESP, and interfaces with cutting-edge driver assistance systems. A simple, cost-optimized upgrade turns it into a high-redundancy system suitable for highly automated driving (HAD).
This broad range of functions also includes automatic brake actuation when the bus doors open at a bus stop. With GSBC, e-buses in particular benefit from the integration of drive motors into the vehicle dynamics control loop, which extends vehicle range and reduces brake pad wear. And with eVMC (electric Vehicle Motion Control), Knorr-Bremse will also be presenting a software update for GSBC systems in electrically powered commercial vehicles which optimizes energy recovery during deceleration and braking.
Modular SYNACT® disc brake family: for buses now and in the future
Knorr-Bremse will also showcase the modular SYNACT family of disc brakes in Brussels. Based on experience of the global bus market stretching back more than 30 years, the company’s SYNACT® family of axial and radial brakes includes optimized solutions for all bus applications anywhere in the world, whether powered by IC engines or electric drivetrains.
The system cuts bus weights by as much as 48 kilograms, and when fitted with Active Caliper Release (ACR), can also reduce fuel consumption by up to one percent. This makes SYNACT one of the most energy-efficient compressed-air disc brake systems currently available on the market.
SYNACT is also prepared for the challenges of future generations of electrically powered vehicles – the family’s Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Toolbox ensures that brakes behave in such a way as to minimize noise in city centers.
Innovative systems enhance safety
Trade-fair visitors can also expect to find the retrofittable ProFleet Assist+ Gen 2 turning assistant on the Knorr-Bremse stand. The system helps to minimize accidents when turning right, as well as accidents caused by traveling too close to the vehicle in front. It also detects vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians with outstanding speed and accuracy.
Busworld is regarded as one of the world’s most important bus-related trade fairs and will be held in Brussels now through October 12th. The Knorr-Bremse stand is in Hall 11 (Stand 1161).