WABCO's Wurzeln gehen über 140 Jahre zurück auf die Erfindung der Luftdruckbremse durch George Westinghouse im Jahre 1869. Dieser technologische Durchbruch brachte eine wesentliche Verbesserung für den Betrieb der nationalen Eisenbahnen in den Vereinigten Staaten mit sich.

Im gleichen Jahr gründete Westinghouse die Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO), die sich durch das 20. Jahrhundert hindurch erfolgreich weiterentwickelte. Über Technologien für Eisenbahnen hinaus leistete das Unternehmen erfolgreiche Pionierarbeit für Hersteller von Nutzfahrzeugen in Europa und Nordamerika.

Im Jahr 1968 wurde WABCO von American Standard übernommen. Seit dem 1. August 2007 ist WABCO an der New York Stock Exchange notiert und wird öffentlich unter dem Symbol WBC gehandelt.

A journey of innovation

WABCO's track record of technological leadership features many of the commercial vehicle industry's most important innovations. Within our space, WABCO is most associated with "industry firsts" such as:

  • 2016 - Breakthrough OnCity™ Urban Turning Assist system, the Company's technology engineered for trucks, buses and tractor-trailers to help protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic
  • 2016 - Breakthrough collision avoidance technology for commercial vehicles jointly developed with ZF, the Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA) combines WABCO's world-class braking, stability and vehicle dynamics control systems on trucks and trailers with ZF's top active steering technology—an industry first
  • 2016 - First door lock control technology (OptiLock™) that provides high security locking systems for trailers and container doors seamlessly connected with telematics systems
  • 2014 - First technology (OptiLink™) that provides a single user interface via a mobile device, such as a smartphone, to monitor and control multiple functions on both the truck and trailer
  • 2014 - First modular braking system platform (mBSP™) that enables vehicle makers to interchangeably equip their truck and bus platforms with either ABS or electronic braking systems (EBS) anywhere in the world
  • 2014 - First technology (TX-TRAILERGUARD™) that provides comprehensive operating data on the performance of the truck, trailer and driver in a single integrated real-time view
  • 2012 – First electronic braking system (EBS) for hybrid-driven trucks and buses
  • 2012 – First hydraulic anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic stability control (ESC)
  • 2011 – First Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) on a commercial vehicle in China
  • 2010 – First autonomous emergency braking system (AEBS) in compliance with the European Union's expected regulation
  • 2009 – First simulation system for electronic stability control (ESC) homologation
  • 2008 – First autonomous emergency braking system (AEBS)
  • 2007 – First collision mitigation system (CMS) with active braking
  • 2001 – First electronic stability control (ESC) system
  • 1996 – First electronic braking system (EBS)
  • 1986 – First automated manual transmission (AMT) system
  • 1986 – First electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) system
  • 1981 – First anti-lock braking system (ABS)