Volvo intros Bendix ABS

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America is now offering the Bendix ABS-6 antilock brake system on its Volvo VN and VHD models.

The system will be standard on Volvo North America trucks. Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) will be added as an option, starting in 2005.

ESP is able to selectively apply brakes on individual wheel ends, depending on driving conditions, vehicle speed and other inputs from onboard computer sensors, reducing the possibility of jackknifes. It’s especially useful for sudden transitions from dry to slippery surfaces, say company officials.

The Roll Stability (RSP) program — an element of ESP –monitors inputs from sensors and applies all available brakes on a vehicle to rapidly reduce rollover potential while turning.

Traction control is also a feature of the ABS-6 Advanced configuration.

The ABS-6 Advanced overlay system overlays the existing brake system architecture and components with advanced sensors and electronic control units. Technicians require minimal additional training to service it. It also provides technicians with enhanced diagnostic and prognostic capabilities.

The Bendix ABS-6 system will be available in three different configurations: with four wheel speed sensors and four brake modulators (known as 4S 4M); six sensors and four modulators (6S 4M0; or six sensors and six modulators (6S 6M).

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