Bendix demonstrates advanced active safety, braking technologies

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Updated Jun 16, 2010

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake recently offered the opportunity to experience its advanced active safety, braking technologies firsthand. On May 19-21 at the Phoenix International Raceway, Bendix demonstrated how the company’s innovations help improve highway safety, as well as reduce vehicle fuel consumption and improve emissions.

From the seat of a truck cab, participants witnessed the effectiveness of the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program, Bendix TABS-6 Advanced Trailer Roll Stability system), Bendix Wingman ACB – Active Cruise with Braking, SmarTire by Bendix tire pressure monitoring system and Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes.

Nearly 50 individuals representing fleets, dealers, insurance and educators in the southwest U.S. trucking community attended the demonstration. A special session was conducted for members of the Arizona Trucking Association, which included an overview presentation of the Bendix safety solutions portfolio along with ride-and-drive demonstrations showcasing key aspects of these technologies.

“Demonstrations allow Bendix the opportunity to truly show how critical advanced safety technology is to the safety of our nation’s roadways, as well as delivering a tangible benefit to fleets and their drivers,” says Fred Andersky, Bendix director of marketing – Controls. “We are pleased so many people attended this event, learning about the function and value of advanced safety and braking technologies that Bendix consistently engineers and designs for the market.”

Featured technologies included:
— Bendix ESP, a full-stability system that helps mitigate rollovers and loss-of-control situations on a wide variety of roadway conditions;
— Bendix Wingman ACB, designed to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions by delivering proactive alerts and active interventions to help the driver maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle. The Bendix Wingman ACB system also provides stationary object alerts, giving drivers up to a three-second warning of a metallic object blocking their lane of travel;
— Bendix TABS-6 Advanced trailer roll-stability system, a single-channel trailer-based roll stability system designed to mitigate rollovers through advanced sensing and automatic application of the trailer brakes. The system uses the same single-channel approach, two-wheel speed sensors and one modulator common to the majority of trailer ABS (antilock braking systems) applications in use today;
— SmarTire by Bendix CVS that monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on a commercial vehicle to provide real-time temperature-compensated tire pressure deviation information to the driver or maintenance technician. It also warns the driver of low-pressure or high-temperature tire issues before they become dangerous; and
— Top-performing Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes designed to reduce stopping distances for commercial vehicles, virtually eliminate brake fade with no degradation of stopping power, enable a passenger car-like feel and permit straight, stable stops while delivering increased brake life and reduce maintenance costs.