Wabco Holdings, Inc. in North Charleston, South Carolina is working with diesel engine maker, Cummins, to produce a "single-piston air disc brake" for large trucks and commercial vehicles.
This new technology is expected to be a big step up from the traditional drum brakes that are used now in most trucks.
According to Jacques Esculier, chairman and CEO, of Wabco Holdings, air disk brakes will reduce the stopping distance of trucks by 10% compared to drum brakes. "Let's face it," he said, "stopping more than 20 feet sooner in an emergency braking system with a truck on the highway can make all the difference in the world."
While Wabco admits that initial costs of the new air disk brakes will be a little higher, the brakes will outlast and outperform the traditional drum brake. They say the new technology will pay for itself within a few years of use.
This new technology could be revolutionary for safety measures placed on trucks and commercial vehicles. These vehicles typically carry heavy loads and the ability to stop much more quickly would increase the safety of the driver as well as other drivers on the road.
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