Bendix enhances safety technologies

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ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix has announced it will be launching its next generation of safety systems, which among other things will allow commercial vehicles to brake for stationary objects.

Other advancements include better integration and upgraded components, as well as alert prioritization and the reduction of false alerts.

The new generation safety systems have been demonstrated to fleets and are now undergoing road testing with major manufacturers.

Scott Burkhart, vice-president of sales, marketing and business development for Bendix, said “we’ve improved and fused together the most advanced technologies in the Bendix commercial vehicle safety suite to create a system that does more – and does it better – for today’s commercial vehicle market. Fleets can be confident in the system, because at its core are tried and true technologies that have performed reliably over many years and millions of miles.”

The next-gen system builds upon existing technologies including Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program, Wingman Advanced and the AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System.

Bendix says its updated safety systems combine camera, radar and braking technologies for groundbreaking results.

“When these systems are fully integrated – ‘talking’ directly to each other, in a sense, with multiple sensors confirming situational data – you get far more robust decision making in the system as a whole,” said TJ Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, controls group. “That means more effective alert prioritization and a substantial reduction of false alerts. And this sensor data fusion is also crucial to unlocking new safety capabilities like stationary vehicle braking.”

Previously, Bendix offered only stationary alerts through its Wingman system, providing drivers up to three seconds of notice before striking a stationary metallic object in their lane. The new system will provide an earlier warning and can also apply the brakes if the system recognizes the metallic object as a vehicle, Bendix says. This is enabled by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ2 processor.

“Today’s announcement merely scratches the surface of what our next-generation safety system can do. Other improvements and new capabilities of Bendix’s next-generation active safety system will be announced as next year’s launch date nears,” Thomas said. “The exceptional menu of enhanced and new features helps elevate safety to a new level.”


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