India’s premium research and development laboratory, the Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE), which nestles under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have announced the opening of a new anti-lock braking system (ABS) test facility in Ahmednagar.
The new facility was inaugurated by DRDO chief Avinash Chander, who is also the scientific adviser to the defence minister and secretary of defence (R&D.) The facility is reported to be funded jointly by the ministries of defence and heavy industries.
The newly opened facility will simulate ABS conditions on various types of vehicles including, four-wheelers, trucks, tractors and two-wheelers and on various low- and high-friction surfaces for both wet and dry road conditions. The facility can also be accessed by OEMs, auto component and tyre manufacturers to carry out test runs in order to gauge the performance of their respective products in real-world conditions.
The ABS safety system helps driver control vehicles during emergency braking at high speeds, by preventing vehicle skid due to locked wheels. In such a situation, the system unlocks the wheels and allows traction control by distributing the requisite braking pressure to each wheel thorough an electronic unit.
The new VRDE’s test track hopes to encourage indigenous development of ABS thereby, bringing down the development and testing costs for the automotive industries. Recently, the government of India officially announced that ABS will be made mandatory on all commercial vehicles from April 2015 onwards - as a safety measure to bring down the high rate of road fatality in India.