Knorr-Bremse: your partner for future-proof transportation solutions at the 2018 IAA and Automechanika fairs

Shaping tomorrow’s transportation. Together. In line with this motto, Knorr-Bremse, the leading manufacturer  of  braking  and  safety  technology  and  supplier  of  system solutions for rail and commercial vehicles, will be presenting new products and solutions at the commercial vehicle industry’s premier events, IAA Commercial Vehicles and Automechanika, in September.
As Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG responsible for the Commercial  Vehicle  Systems  division  explains:  “Along  with  traffic  safety,  in  the  next  few years, the megatrends that shape the mobility sector will be emissions reduction, electric mobility,  automated driving and  connectivity.  Against this backdrop,  Knorr-Bremse will be the ideal systems partner for its customers going forward. We will be presenting our portfolio of products and services at the commercial vehicle industry’s key trade fairs – IAA and Automechanika – in September, including pioneering traffic safety technologies and automated transportation solutions for highway and city applications.”  

Knorr-Bremse at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show  
On its booth at the IAA, Knorr-Bremse will be giving its two new generations of disc brakes their first public airing: the SYNACT® two-piston brake for tractor vehicles and the NEXTT single-piston brake for tractor vehicles with low axle loads and for trailers. The company’s next-generation Global Scalable Brake Control (GSBC) system will also be on show at the IAA. Along with the modular construction that provides our customers with maximum flexibility when installing ABS and EBS applications, GSBC will form the integration platform for a  whole  array  of  automated  driving  functions.  Together  with  Knorr-Bremse’s  portfolio  of steering systems, this makes GSBC a key module in the realization of automated driving in the commercial vehicle sector.  
Knorr-Bremse will be demonstrating its system solutions for automated driving functions in the  New  Mobility  World  Live  outdoor  arena.  Here,  the  Knorr-Bremse  booth  will  be  given  over entirely to solutions for semitrailers and trailers, along with the TruckServices offering for the aftermarket. The main focus here will be on brake control and chassis management by means of new-generation (G3) Trailer EBS, the entire wheelend portfolio, and trailer remote control with iTAP, the intelligent Trailer Access Point with new functions including a user-friendly mobile app. Also on show will be the EconX range of products remanufactured to original equipment standards. 
The innovations showcased by Knorr-Bremse at the IAA will be grouped around four main topics that correspond to the megatrends of the industry:

  • Traffic safety and reducing accidents: Along with the new generations of disc brakes, the Automatic Emergency Braking System and Blind Spot Assistant are important functions for reducing accidents and will therefore have a positive impact on traffic safety. In addition, the link between steering and braking systems will play a decisive role going forward. The smart interaction of all the sub-components in the vehicle not only clears the way for new safety-related functions but also opens up major potential synergies that can make a real contribution to improving the total cost of ownership.

  • Connectivity: Knorr-Bremse’s ProFleet Connect connectivity solution is a modular and cross-brand telematics system for optimized fleet management and greater active safety, which  also  facilitates  driver  training  and  more  efficient  diagnostics  and  maintenance. ProFleet Connect can be adapted to suit specific customer requirements and is designed for both the tractor unit and the trailer.

  • Emission reduction and e-mobility: Here, Knorr-Bremse will be presenting a variety of electrically controlled components such as electric actuators for engine air management or the new generation of the electrically powered screw-type compressor. Another highlight will be the company’s high-performance In-Motion-Charging solution for electric vehicles. But pneumatic solutions including a new and extremely efficient clutch actuator will also be on show.

  • Automated driving: In the outdoor arena at the IAA, Knorr-Bremse will be demonstrating a prototype truck that can drive sections of the route on motorways/freeways fully autonomously, including overtaking maneuvers. Following on from the initial sensor system in  2014  that  combined  radar  and  video  data  to  boost  the  precision  of  the  Automated Emergency  Braking  System,  and  the  fully  autonomous  Yard  Maneuvering  vehicle  in 2016,  the  latest  2018  prototype  brings  up  another  milestone  for  Knorr-Bremse  on  the road  to  highly  automated  driving  (HAD).  The  key  expertise  here  is  in  understanding commercial  vehicle  dynamics,  a  capability  that  Knorr-Bremse  demonstrates  every  day through millions of ABS, EBS, ESP, Emergency Braking and Lane Keeping systems in the field.  
At  the  Knorr-Bremse  booth,  along  with  the  components  required  for  driver  assistance systems (DAS) and automated driving, the company will be presenting redundancy concepts  for  HAD  that  deliver  a  unique  combination  of  functionality  and  safety  with  costeffectiveness. When the vehicle takes control, the systems must be designed in such a way that the vehicle cannot run out of control even if safety-critical components fail. Although  this  makes  redundancy  concepts  a  necessity,  simply  doubling  up  components makes no economic sense and is not necessary in practical terms, as the necessary redundancy  can  be  demonstrated  by  linking  the  systems  intelligently  without  duplicating the  components.  A  state-of-the-art  braking  system,  for  example,  can  reliably  replace even the electric superimposed steering system by acting on individual wheels. 
In  all  innovations  related  to the  megatrends,  Knorr-Bremse develops  its systems  in close collaboration with its customers, delivering solutions that resolve the economic and ecological challenges that customers face. In this way, Knorr-Bremse, vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators are together taking another step toward the vision of efficient and accidentfree transportation of passengers and goods.