MAKING TOWING SAFER FOR EVERYONE
Bosch Australia launches global-first “On Trailer” Safety Control System with ABS and Sway Mitigation
Bosch Australia, a leading provider of technology and services, has launched Trailer Safety Control (TSC) for fitment to caravans and trailers equipped with electric brakes and towed by passenger vehicles.
The system combines Bosch’s state-of-the-art vehicle safety technologies developed over more than 40 years.
Bosch Australia says this launch shows it has diversified into new products and markets including the global caravan and trailer sector, building on 30 years of local automotive engineering expertise.
“Despite the end of volume passenger car production in Australia this year, Bosch Australia’s 200 strong automotive engineering team is busier than ever,” Bosch Australia President, Gavin Smith, said.
“Trailer Safety is a great example of how to apply existing capability to an adjacent and attractive niche with global potential.”
Many of us have experienced nervously following a trailer that has begun to sway and would appear that at any moment it could fishtail out of control.
Worse still, is the feeling of a loss of control while negotiating the twists and gradient of the road with a trailer in tow. Both circumstances can be stressful, and for both driver and surrounding traffic, potentially very hazardous.
Trailers can easily become unstable and cause accidents when braking, swerving, overtaking, driving in high winds or on difficult roads. In 2016, loss of control accounted for 30 percent of caravan accident claims, with oversteering and fishtailing among the main causes.
Bosch Australia appointed as global Centre of Competence for Trailer Safety
The need for a solution to this problem was identified by the Australian Vehicle Safety Systems engineering team.
This prompted an innovation idea and subsequent R&D project in 2014. The parent company acknowledged the local engineering capability and market opportunity which lead to the establishment of a Bosch global Centre of Competence for Trailer Safety in Australia by 2015.
The first in a portfolio of Trailer Safety products from Bosch to enter the market
The launch of the first system, an active safety system, will aid accident prevention by incorporating ABS, Sway Mitigation and other value-adding functions, for new caravans and trailers with electric brakes. It has the potential to reduce the number of trailer related incidents by up to 45 percent. Furthermore, the comfort of knowing that the system will automatically intervene when necessary at the first sign of instability or wheel lock, will help alleviate driver stress levels while towing.
Mounted to the trailer’s chassis, the system comprises an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) with integrated motion sensor, and wheel speed sensors. These sensors determine the movement of the trailer and the speed of each individual wheel, respectively. The brain of the system, the ECU, will be manufactured at Bosch’s production facility in Clayton.
High-value automotive components developed in Australia
Bosch says it has been a leader in automotive safety systems such as Antilock Braking (ABS) and Stability Control (ESP) for 40 years.
“Our extensive vehicle safety systems experience is carried over into the Trailer Safety Control system, making it a system you can rely on,” Bosch Australia’s Vehicle Safety Division Head, Mark Jackman, said.
DexKo, a world leader in trailer axles and brakes, is now taking the Bosch TSC system to market in the United States and Australia. In these two markets alone, there are approximately one million new trailer registrations annually (including caravans), and 12 million registered trailers.
Bosch has had a presence in Australia since 1907, opening its first wholly owned subsidiary, Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd in 1954. Bosch generates revenues of more than 800 million Australian dollars per annum in Oceania, and employs over 1400 associates.
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