TORONTO, Ont. — XTL Transport has ordered 100 new International ProStar tractors decked out with the latest safety gear.
The trucks have Bendix disc brakes on every position, while 80 units are equipped with Bendix Wingman Fusion, a collision mitigation system as well as Bendix Electronic Stability Program (ESP). The fleet is also using Bendix’s web portal, SafetyDirect, to monitor and manage the systems.
The company has already taken delivery of most of the trucks, with more scheduled to arrive this fall.
“Safety has been a core commitment at XTL since our business was founded, and installing state-of-the-art technology is a key part of our safety strategy,” said Jason Wood, XTL director of fleet maintenance. “Bendix technologies meet our strict requirements for proven systems that help make our vehicles and drivers safer while offering a return on investment. The technologies help our skilled team of professional drivers to reduce fatigue and better focus on what’s happening on the road in front of them – and provide what we think of as a guardian angel behind them.”
Wood said Wingman Fusion was deployed to help reduce rear-end collisions, the leading type of crash within the fleet.
“We studied Wingman Fusion and evaluated the cost to install it versus the cost of just one major accident, and we determined it would pay for itself,” said Wood. “This is the industry’s only system where the camera and radar talk to each other, and we wanted that unique safety advantage for our drivers.”