Kenworth To Add Bendix ESP Stability System Option for Medium Duty Models

Kenworth Truck Company will add Bendix(R) ESP(R) (Electronic Stability Program), a full stability program, as an option on select Kenworth medium duty tractor and full truck applications with air brake systems.
Kenworth currently offers Bendix ESP for the Kenworth T660, T800 and W900 Class 8 models in select applications. In addition, the Bendix ABS-6 braking system is standard for Kenworth Class 5-8 models in tractor and full truck configurations with air brake systems.
“Kenworth continues to expand its offering of technology systems to help our customers achieve success in their specific operations,” said Jason Skoog, Kenworth director of marketing planning and research.
According to Bendix, its full stability technology is designed to help stabilize the vehicle during loss of control situations on dry, wet, snow and ice-covered roadways and assist in mitigating a potential rollover. In addition to using sensors that monitor lateral acceleration found on some roll-only systems, the Bendix ESP system also uses sensors to monitor steering angle and vehicle direction.  This allows for detection of a vehicle’s impending loss of stability and automatic intervention through dethrottling of the engine and selective application of tractor steer and drive axle brakes, along with trailer brakes, helping the driver to maintain control of the vehicle in a variety of situations.