Technologies from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems continue to serve a growing number of commercial fleets committed to improving highway safety across North America, the company announced. Averitt Express is equipping its new Volvo and Freightliner units with a suite of Bendix systems that include full stability, collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and side object detection.
In 2015, Averitt ordered and received 85 new Volvos equipped with the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system, Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, AutoVue Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System from Bendix CVS, and Bendix BlindSpotter Side Object Detection System. The company’s 340 new Freightliners will be equipped with AutoVue and BlindSpotter, joining the 47 AutoVue systems on other units in a pilot program. Both makes will also include SafetyDirect from Bendix CVS, a Web portal that connects with onboard safety technologies to provide fleet operators with a view of their fleet and each driver.
“We are committed to ensuring the safety of our customers, our associates, and the driving public, and Bendix technologies help us put safety first,” said Rhonda Otto, Averitt’s loss prevention coordinator. “For example, we began spec’ing the Bendix ESP full-stability system a few years ago on our sleeper units. Our data showed it to be particularly effective in safely slowing our equipment in snow and heavy rain – especially amid changes in road surface, such as from a bridge to highway pavement. Also, during a pilot program, our drivers gave Bendix Wingman Advanced positive feedback, saying they would like to see this collision mitigation technology in our new trucks.”
“Bendix is proud to be part of Averitt’s ongoing effort to provide safe vehicles for their drivers and improve highway safety for everyone,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development.
Built on the foundation of Bendix ESP, Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers active cruise control with braking features, along with collision mitigation technology. Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, Wingman Advanced delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions or, at least, help reduce their severity, according to the company.
Whether or not cruise control is engaged, Bendix Wingman Advanced aids the driver by providing impact alerts, following distance alerts, and stationary object alerts, the company said. In addition, the system’s collision mitigation feature provides additional braking interventions, delivering up to two-thirds of the vehicle braking power through the steer, drive, and trailer brakes. The driver still maintains control of the vehicle at all times and can add additional braking or steering inputs to help avoid or minimize the collision situation.
AutoVue Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System from Bendix CVS is a vision-based system that detects when a commercial vehicle begins to drift toward an unintended lane change and alerts the driver. Bendix BlindSpotter Side Object Detection System is a side-radar system designed to alert drivers to vehicles or objects in adjacent lanes.
“We have used SafetyDirect’s data and videos to show drivers how they can improve their driving skills – similar to the way athletes use film study,” Otto said. “It reveals coachable opportunities, as well as situations in which our drivers are rewarded for crash prevention when other vehicles are at fault. Integrating this technology into our current telematics systems strengthens our ability to make more informed safety decisions.”