Latest Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems technologies deliver safety and more to fleets

Company's developments extend legacy of helping fleets meet needs for safety and stopping power, actionable information, reliability and fuel economy.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, the North American leader in commercial vehicle and highway safety technologies, continues to develop technologies that meet the safety needs plus other important business needs of its fleet customers.

The company's ever-growing portfolio of technology developments delivers on safety, as well as four other areas critical to fleets' success: stopping power, actionable information, reliability, and fuel economy. Bendix understands these considerations are more important than ever today, as fleets operate in the challenging new environment of CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability), rising fuel costs, and federally mandated reduced stopping distance and emissions standards.

"Fleets are under intense pressure to field the safest, most efficient, and most reliable vehicles possible," said Joe McAleese, Bendix president and CEO. "For more than 80 years, Bendix has lived by its commitment to develop technologies which help fleets do exactly that. Our passion is creating technologies that are both effective and worthy of investment by fleets. Over the past 10 years, in particular, the products and services Bendix has developed continue our tradition of solutions that meet not only safety, but the whole spectrum of needs for fleets – solutions that provide value, efficiency, and peace of mind."

Bendix is recognized industry wide for its advanced safety technologies, which are vital to protecting the safety of all motorists on our roadways. Solutions include the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system, Bendix Wingman ACB – Active Cruise with Braking, and Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology.

In addition to groundbreaking active safety technologies, Bendix has introduced an array of technologies that are establishing industry standards for stopping power, actionable information, reliability, and fuel economy.


Safety, Plus Stopping Power

Since its inception in 2004, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake (BSFB), a joint venture of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC, has remained focused on efforts to advance its braking technology.

Last year, BSFB introduced a new, higher-performing version of its Extended Service drum brake (ES Brakes) developed to meet the new federal stopping distance requirements mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

New, higher-performing versions of the company's popular Single Anchor Pin, ES Extended Service drum brakes are available in a variety of sizes for steer axle applications. The new brakes were fully launched by Aug. 1, 2011, the initial implementation date for the new stopping distance regulations.

NHTSA requires a 30 percent reduction in stopping distance for new three-axle tractors with Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWRs) up to 59,600 lbs. and produced after the Aug. 1, 2011, implementation date. Tractors with two axles, as well as severe service tractors with GVWRs above 59,600 lbs., must comply with the new mandate by Aug. 1, 2013.

"We developed our new, high-performance drum brake to give customers the best compliance option for the stopping distance rule and the most economical cost of ownership," said Gary Ganaway, director of marketing and global customer solutions at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. "This new brake technology will also help improve vehicle safety, our core commitment at Bendix."

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