Bendix, Volvo partner to demonstrate advanced safety technologies

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Updated Sep 29, 2010

As part of its ongoing efforts to educate the commercial vehicle industry about the benefits and importance of active safety technologies, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems recently collaborated with Volvo Trucks Canada to present the recent Volvo Trucks Canada Enhanced Technology Event in Waterloo, Ontario. The event featured Bendix technology designed to mitigate rollovers and loss of control, help prevent rear-end collisions, monitor tire pressure and temperature, and reduce stopping distance.

Participants experienced the effectiveness of the Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) by Bendix and Volvo Enhanced Cruise (VEC) by Bendix. Attendees also enjoyed static displays that presented VEST and VEC along with SmarTire by Bendix CVS tire pressure monitoring system, and Bendix air disc brakes and wide foundation drum brakes.

Close to 100 industry members attended the event, held held Sept. 9 and 10 at the Waterloo Regional Emergency Services Training and Research Complex. Attendees included fleet representatives, such as safety and maintenance personnel and drivers; government representatives; media; and Volvo Trucks Canada and Volvo dealer personnel. Bendix provided both a stability and collision mitigation experience at this ride-and-drive event. Participants witnessed firsthand how the Bendix technologies help stabilize a tractor with a tanker trailer and mitigate collisions using a tractor with a box trailer.

The event also featured presentations by Bendix and Volvo representatives, along with a tent display showcasing the active safety technologies. In addition, Volvo demonstrated its I-Shift 2010 engine technology on various trucks on a road course, and highlighted the Volvo Driving Success Tour truck, which also features Bendix active safety technologies.

“As a North American leader in active safety and brake system technology, Bendix is committed to educating the industry about the technology’s potential to help prevent accidents, reduce injuries and save lives on roadways in Canada and all of North America,” says Fred Andersky, Bendix director of marketing – Controls. “We were pleased to partner with Volvo Trucks Canada, another company long committed to highway safety, for a second time to help industry members get an all-important firsthand view – including from the seat of a truck cab – of these vital technologies.”