Here’s how and why technology is your friend

Before smartphones were launched, life was very different. We relied on our landlines and making or taking calls wherever the handset was plugged in.

Now we can talk on the run, manage our calendars, pay bills, check our bank balance, take photos and so much more just from the phone. 

They are an integral part of our day and adoption of technology has helped us get there. 

Similarly technology has helped the transport industry achieve substantial productivity gains across the board. And it continues with engineers at Knorr Bremse Australia working closely with the Knorr-Bremse technology experts both in Germany and North America to bring a new suite of applications for transport professionals. And access isn’t just for the big fleets. 

For trucks, Bendix Fusion integrates camera, radar and brakes.

Knorr-Bremse “tech” will be on show at the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show with the latest solutions from the truck to the trailer for big rig operators.

With safety technology and driver assistance systems being mandated in the coming year, new Truck ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) is firmly embedded in Knorr Bremse’s R&D roadmap. 

Knorr-Bremse is developing reliable ADAS that can consistently and accurately detect and analyse real-time traffic conditions. These assistance systems are specifically intended for use in commercial vehicles. Typical ADAS solutions in the portfolio include:

• BSIS (Blind Spot Information System): This blind spot assist system warns drivers of possible lateral collisions with pedestrians or cyclists, for example when turning.

• MOIS (Moving Off Information System): Warns drivers of possible collisions with pedestrians or cyclists as the vehicle is moving off from standstill.

• Adaptive cruise control and proximity control: With stop-and-go function.

• Lane Keep Assist (LKA): Predictive warning of unintentional departures from the vehicle’s current lane, accompanied by corrective steering (AHPS).

• Traffic sign recognition: Traffic signs identified by cameras are immediately displayed on the driver’s dashboard screen.

For trucks, Bendix Fusion integrates camera, radar and brakes that advances commercial vehicle driver assistance technology to a new level of performance. Plus the latest release of Fusion significantly enhances Active Cruise Control (ACC) and Autonomous Emergency braking (AEB). 

For trailer and particularly HPVF – High Productivity Freight Vehicles – the new iMass Smart on-board mass (OBM) system, uses digital technology to collect and transmit data from vehicles in a reliable and standardised way. Having won the Application of Technology Award at the 32nd Australian Freight Industry Awards in September 2022, this is the first product in the market that uses existing Knorr-Bremse TEBS infrastructure, cutting implementation costs significantly.

For serviceability, new tools and service solutions, software access as well as training access is being enhanced as part of the TruckServices proposition. Utilisation of interactive display talking to service information for everything from traditional pneumatic valves right through to modern electronics. 

Driver assistance systems and smart innovation are the basis for the current and future solutions which Knorr-Bremse will showcase at the Brisbane Truck Show in 2023.

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