Kenworth adding Bendix stability system option to medium-duty models

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Kenworth is adding Bendix’s electronic stability program (ESP) as an option on some of its medium-duty tractor and full truck applications with air brake systems.
Kenworth currently offers Bendix ESP for the Kenworth T660, T800 and W900 Class 8 models in select applications. In addition, the Bendix ABS-6 braking system is standard for Kenworth Class 5-8 models in tractor and full truck configurations with air brake systems.

“Kenworth continues to expand its offering of technology systems to help our customers achieve success in their specific operations,” said Jason Skoog, Kenworth’s director of marketing planning and research.

The technology is designed to help stabilize the vehicle during loss of control situations on dry, wet, snow and ice-covered roadways and assist in mitigating a potential rollover. In addition to using sensors that monitor lateral acceleration found on some roll-only systems, the Bendix ESP system also uses sensors to monitor steering angle and vehicle direction. This allows for detection of a vehicle’s impending loss of stability and automatic intervention through dethrottling of the engine and selective application of tractor steer and drive axle brakes, along with trailer brakes, which is designed to help the driver to maintain control of the vehicle in a variety of situations, officials say.

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