Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems said it has delivered more than 400,000 Bendix Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems as the market continues to drive adoption of full-stability technology. Robust, growing sales over the last five years led to this latest delivery milestone.
Bendix ESP, the first full-stability solution widely available for the commercial vehicle market, fully meets the new stability mandate of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA published its final rule in June, requiring ESC (Electronic Stability Control) technology – known as full stability – on Class 7 and Class 8 truck tractors and motorcoaches with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 26,000 pounds. The NHTSA will implement the mandate in three phases, starting Aug. 1, 2017, for most three-axle tractors.
“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 of 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.”
Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety and braking solutions for commercial vehicles, introduced Bendix ESP in 2005. It took six years to reach 100,000 units sold, 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 percent of all medium-duty chassis configurations at Paccar and Navistar.
Fleets equipping Bendix ESP include Prime Inc., one of North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, and tanker trucking companies; U.S. Xpress Enterprises, the nation’s second largest privately owned truckload carrier; and Saia LTL Freight, a top 10 carrier in the LTL sector with coverage in 34 states.
The Bendix ESP full-stability system is part of the ever-growing Bendix portfolio of technologies that deliver on safety, plus other areas critical to fleets’ success. By improving vehicle performance and efficiency and providing unparalleled post-sales support, Bendix aims to strengthen returns on investment in equipment and technology, helping fleets and drivers lower their total costs of vehicle ownership, and enhancing roadway safety.