Oakley Transport Inc., based in Lake Wales, Fla., announced it is adding Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems collision mitigation, full-stability, and side object detection systems to its fleet safety efforts.
The fleet, which specializes in liquid bulk food grade transportation, is equipping more than 300 new Volvo tractors with Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology. Oakley is also equipping these tractors with the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system, as well as the Bendix BlindSpotter Side Object Detection System.
About 250 tractors are already on the road, with the majority deployed this year and the balance expected by year’s end. Volvo markets Bendix Wingman Advanced as Volvo Enhanced Cruise (VEC) and Bendix ESP as Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST). The carrier counts 500 tractors and 770 trailers in its fleet, which serves the United States, Canada, and Mexico from seven locations throughout the U.S.
Peter Nativo, Oakley’s maintenance director, said there has been only one rear-end collision since the 250 trucks were equipped with Bendix Wingman Advanced. In contrast, since late 2013, another 250 Oakley trucks without the system recorded eight rear-end collisions.
Bendix Wingman Advanced, built on the foundation of Bendix ESP, 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.
Whether or not cruise control is engaged, Bendix Wingman Advanced provides following-distance alerts at 5 mph 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 impact 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.
Full stability typically assesses situations quicker than roll-only stability systems – thanks to additional sensors that measure driver intent and vehicle direction – and then delivers automatic brake interventions involving the steer, drive, and trailer axles. Bendix full-stability helps slow the vehicle quickly to help mitigate rollovers faster, while slowing and redirecting can help the driver maneuver in loss-of-control situations.
Bendix BlindSpotter Side Object Detection System is a side-radar system designed to alert drivers to vehicles or objects in adjacent lanes.