Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a provider of active safety and braking system technologies, announced that its Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system with Automatic Traction Control is now standard on the majority of Peterbilt Motors Co.’s Class 8 trucks and tractors, including the newly announced 579. Also, Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology now is available as an option on Models 579, 587, 386, 384, 382, 389, 367 and 365.
“Making full stability standard represents an important forward-thinking decision by Peterbilt, and we are thrilled that the company chose Bendix ESP as its standard technology,” says Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president and general manger, Controls group. “Peterbilt’s endorsement of Bendix ESP and Bendix Wingman Advanced represents a great expression of trust and confidence in Bendix’s ability to deliver the best commercial vehicle safety technology on the road today.”
Bendix ESP was introduced in early 2005, Bendix says it has sold more than 175,000 Bendix ESP units since it was introduced in early 2005. Peterbilt chose the Bendix ABS-based full-stability system that includes automatic traction control and enhances vehicle stability both by reducing engine throttle and applying vehicle braking based on actual vehicle dynamics and driver input.
On May 23, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require full-stability technology, known as Electronic Stability Control, on heavy trucks and motorcoaches above 26,000 pounds. Bendix ESP is the foundation for Bendix advanced active safety technologies such as Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, which combines both adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation to help drivers mitigate or reduce the intensity of potential rear-end collision situations.
“Making Bendix ESP standard on the majority of our heavy-duty trucks and offering Bendix Wingman Advanced as an option on our entire on-highway lineup allows us to provide the most advanced safety technologies available to our customers,” says Bill Kozek, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president. “We want our customers to have not only the most productive and reliable trucks in the industry, but also the safest.”
With standard position for Bendix ESP and optional position for Bendix Wingman Advanced, Peterbilt continues to advance its offerings of Bendix technologies. In 2011, the company chose Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes as standard on the steer axle of all of its Class 8 truck models.