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Active Reverse Control

BPW’s Active Reverse Control
Master of Manoeuvring

Manoeuvring in a confined space without an auxiliary steering system can be an everyday challenge for many fleet drivers. The new Active Reverse Control system from BPW is designed to support the steering functionality of trailers working in a tight space, as it offers an increase in the agility and manoeuvrability of the vehicle.

Until now, the benefits of a self-steering axle have only been available during forward travel, as the steering mechanism is locked and the axle remains rigid when reversing. However, BPW has developed this new electro-hydraulic auxiliary system, Active Reverse Control, to automatically control the steering axle when reversing.

Active Reverse Control consists of control and hydraulic units, and a steering cylinder with an integrated steering angle sensor. When a driver engages with the reverse gear, the steering system is automatically activated via the reversing lights and the rotational speed and direction sensor. For precise movement, steering can be manually operated with a remote control, accurately manoeuvring a trailer into a defined area. The innovative sensor technology, mounted in the control unit, rather than the kingpin, detects the direction and angle of the steering.

By utilising BPW’s Active Reverse Control, both fuel consumption and tyre wear will be reduced: at an annual mileage of 100,000 kilometres, you could save up to 1,000 litres of diesel and four tyres. The system, which can be retrofitted to an existing self-steering axle, is suitable for both commercial and agricultural purposes. Active Reverse Control can be utilised independently of the EBS system and can also be used to control two steering axles (four axles are even possible with agricultural vehicles).

This easy-to-install, plug-and-play technology will help to increase the productivity and safety of your fleet. 


Active Reverse Control is available for both BPW drum and disc brake self-steering axles


11th March 2021

For further press information, contact Rebecca Wesley, Emma Makings-Hone or

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