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Carrier Equips 100 Trucks with Bendix Wingman Advanced

August 16, 2013 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Safety

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems said 100 new Peterbilt tractors owned by Central Refrigerated Service are being equipped with Bendix Wingman Advanced this year, with half of those trucks already on the road.

Central Refrigerated Service is a Salt Lake City temperature-controlled truckload carrier with 1,950 tractors and 3,400 trailers in its fleet. The company already equips all of its tractors with the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system.

Other Bendix products used by the Central Refrigerated Service fleet include Bendix AD-IP air dryers with PuraGuard oil-coalescing technology, Bendix Versajust slack adjusters, Bendix EverSure spring brakes with No Touch technology, and Bendix ES (Extended Service) wide drum brakes.

Mark Hadley, Central Refrigerated Service’s director of fleet maintenance, said, “We began adopting today’s stopping distance and safety standards seven years ago, adding Bendix’s wide brakes to our trucks. From brakes to full-stability, every Bendix product we’ve incorporated into our fleet has been reliable.”

He said that with the addition of Bendix Wingman Advanced to the fleet, “We believe our incidences of rear-end collisions have been reduced – our use of the system is still new, so we’re waiting for conclusive data.”

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, Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions or help reduce their severity.

Whether or not cruise control is engaged, Bendix Wingman Advanced provides following distance and stationary object alerts at any speed greater than approximately 10 mph. 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.

Above about 15 mph, this “always available” braking feature can assist drivers through an alert and an automatic application of the brakes to help decelerate the vehicle when a rear-end collision may be imminent. The driver still maintains control of the vehicle and can add additional braking or steering inputs to help avoid or minimize the collision situation.

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