Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems said its ESP electronic stability program has now passed 400,000 units delivered.
“More and more fleets, truck makers, and drivers are turning to Bendix ESP, and they’re doing so with confidence in a rigorously tested, reliable system that has been proven over many millions of real-world miles since its launch 10 years ago,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “The technology rewards fleets by helping to decrease the number of heavy truck accidents and improve safety records, while delivering the value they require. As NHTSA’s mandate is implemented, the benefits of full stability will be experienced industry wide and help to improve highway safety even further.”
According to Bendix, it took six years to reach 100,000 units sold after the products release in 2005, but that mark was tripled in the subsequent three-year period as original equipment manufacturers and fleets sought the technology.
Mack and Volvo offer Bendix ESP as standard equipment on their highway tractors, and it comes standard on the majority of Peterbilt Class 8 trucks and tractors as well. Other manufacturers offering the Bendix ESP system include International, Kenworth, and Prevost. Bendix ESP is also available for more than 80% of all medium-duty chassis configurations at Paccar and Navistar.
Fred Andersky, Bendi director of government and industry affairs, noted two primary differences between vehicles equipped with full-stability technology and those with either a roll-stability system or ABS (antilock braking system) only.
First, full-stability systems use more sensors than either roll-only stability or ABS systems, creating a more comprehensive system capable of addressing both roll and directional stability. These additional sensors enable the unit to more quickly recognize factors that could lead to vehicle rollovers or loss-of-control. On dry surfaces, this means the system recognizes and mitigates conditions that could lead to rollover and loss-of-control situations sooner than roll-only options. Full-stability technology also functions in a wider range of driving and road conditions than roll-only systems, including snowy, ice-covered, and slippery surfaces. ABS systems are not designed to react to potential roll or loss-of-control situations.
And interventions can also differ. Full-stability systems rely on automatic brake interventions involving the steer, drive, and trailer axles, whereas roll-only systems typically apply the brakes on only the drive and trailer axles. Slowing the vehicle quickly helps mitigate rollovers faster, while slowing and redirecting can help the driver maneuver in loss-of-control situations.
Bendix ESP also serves as the foundation for Bendix advanced active safety technologies, including:
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; and
Bendix Wingman Fusion, a newly launched technology that makes possible stationary vehicle braking, Bendix’s exclusive overspeed alert and action, and more. Wingman Fusion integrates next-generation advanced safety technologies (radar, camera, brakes, and the SafetyDirect Web portal) into one comprehensive driver assistance system that’s more powerful than other safety system technology combinations in the North American commercial vehicle marketplace.