Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC continues research and development on the latest element of its active safety system strategy: adaptive cruise control (ACC). The Bendix approach will enable brake intervention in ACC mode to help rapidly slow the vehicle and maintain following distance in addition to engine dethrottling and engine brake (retarder) applications. The technology builds on its original active safety system, Bendix ESP stability system.
Bendix active safety systems combine these key elements: adaptive cruise control; following distance alerts; Bendix ESP Stability System; data management/telematics.
Information available from the ACC system and other vehicle systems will be tailored to individual fleet needs and may include target and actual following distance and time, driver identification and vehicle identification.
Fleet testing of Bendix adaptive cruise control is underway and Bendix anticipates production launch by early 2008.
Bendix also announced the development of the Bendix TABS-6 Stability System for Trailers, a high-performance electronic stability technology specifically designed for a broad range of trailer types and configurations. The technology will be available in early 2008.
Bendix TABS-6 Stability System for Trailers is a roll-stability, ABS-based technology that replaces the company’s current TEBS-4 trailer stability system. The new system continues to build on the TABS-6 platform, which offers superior performance in a simple package.
Bendix also released its latest version of Bendix ACom diagnostics software to help fleets and technicians train, diagnose, repair, troubleshoot and recalibrate components that form its antilock braking and stability systems.
The Bendix ACom Diagnostics 5.4 is free, and can be downloaded from www.mybendix.com.
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC, a wheel-end joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Corp., announced the launch of a lightweight package of its Bendix ADB22 air disc brake product.
Peterbilt Motors Co. added the technology as an option on new on-highway truck builds, effective April 2.
This lightweight air disc brake package features an aluminum hub and splined disc assembly that reduces total wheel-end weight, greatly reduces rotor dynamic stresses, provides improved thermal balance and offers longer brake life, the company said.
For more information, visit http://www.bendix.com/.