ATLANTA, Ga. – Bendix is continuing to work on the next
generation of its active safety systems, which could reduce many types
of crashes, including rear-enders and rollaways.
Fred Andersky, director, customer solutions, controls with Bendix,
said at the North American Commercial Vehicle show that every 15 minutes
in the U.S., a large truck rear-ends a passenger car. Those crashes can
be mostly avoided using collision mitigation systems such as Bendix
Wingman Fusion, which combines radar and camera technologies and
intervenes when necessary to stop the truck.
The next generation of Wingman Fusion will bring faster reaction times.
“The next generation of Fusion will be out in mid-2018 and it will do
even more,” Andersky said. “We will be able to scrub off even more
speed, up to 50% more speed than the current Fusion 1 system.”
It will also be able to respond to roadway departures and the
adaptive cruise control will allow drivers to creep along in heavy, slow
moving traffic. Customers using the current generation of Wingman
Fusion will be able to upgrade to the new version with their existing
Also in the works is Blindspotter 2.0, which will provide wider blind
spot coverage. It’ll be out in the first quarter of 2018 and will be
Intellipark is a new electronic parking brake Andersky said could
eliminate rollaways. Fleet testing will begin in 2018 with the product
launched thereafter. And Bendix’s online safety portal SafetyDirect is
also being upgraded with new capabilities.
On the wheel-end side of the business, Bendix is introducing a new
EnduraSure spring brake that will offer three times longer spring life.
It will be available in standard and premium levels. Keith McComsey,
director, customer solutions, wheel-end, said power spring failure is
the leading cause of spring brake-related problems. The premium offering
will extend spring life to more than 2,000 hours. It has a sealed
chamber to protect the spring and will reduce maintenance costs,
Bendix also has enhanced its drum brakes, by re-engineering the
spider to take out weight. McComsey said 16 lbs of weight reduction per
tandem axle set have been achieved.
Bendix now offers a trailer air disc brake, and in 2018, McComsey
said, service managers will be able to check the friction material
without removing the tire.
“That adds to the overall maintenance costs when doing your
preventive maintenance for air disc brakes, and this is where pad wear
sensing has an important role in indicating pad wear,” he explained.
“It’s really there to indicate when the friction requires maintenance is
imminent. The fleet will still have enough friction left on the pad to
continue on with their operations, but it really provides them with
communication so they can start to plan that maintenance and optimize
their maintenance with other scheduled preventive maintenance
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