The Bendix Electronic Stability Program (ESP) has been made standard on Kenworth Truck Co.’s T680 and T880 Class 8 trucks.
Compared with roll-only stability or antilock braking systems, full-stability systems utilize more sensors, enabling the technology to more quickly recognize factors that could lead to vehicle rollovers or loss of control, and address both roll and directional stability, Bendix says. On dry surfaces, full-stability technology recognizes and mitigates potential rollover and loss-of-control situations sooner than roll-only options, and it functions in a wider range of driving and road conditions, including snowy, ice-covered, and slippery surfaces.
When it comes to interventions, in addition to engine dethrottling, full-stability systems can selectively brake on the steer, drive, and trailer axles. Roll-only systems, in comparison, typically apply the brakes on only the drive and trailer axles. Slowing the vehicle quickly helps mitigate rollovers faster, and can help the driver maneuver in loss-of-control situations.
Watch Bendix safety systems in action in FE‘s video.