Jun 12, 2011 - 7 years ago
By Supply Post
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies, is the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2011 North American Product Leadership of the Year Award in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Systems Market.
Recognizing Bendix for its pioneering efforts in the North American advanced commercial vehicle safety technology market, Frost & Sullivan is honoring Bendix specifically for the company’s Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ – A Collision Mitigation Technology.
BendixWingman Advanced, an evolution of the company’s Bendix Wingman ACB – Active Cruise with braking technology, delivers adaptive cruise control with braking features, along with collision mitigation technology. The Wingman technology was launched at the 2009 Mid-America Trucking Show. The system builds upon the company’s full-stability technology – Bendix® ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) – providing fleets with a system that can help drivers in collision, rollover, and loss-of-control situations.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
In determining the Product Leadership of the Year Award, Frost & Sullivan measured products against five benchmarking criteria: features and functionality, innovation, acceptance in the marketplace, customer value enhancements, and quality. According to Frost & Sullivan, the Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ system earned the award because it takes the integrated safety systems market to the next level by combining three critical active safety technologies – electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control with braking, and forward collision mitigation braking and warning – into a single unit.
Among the innovative technologies differentiating Bendix Wingman Advanced from similar solutions, Frost & Sullivan cites full-stability control offered by the Bendix ESP platform and stationary object detection. Currently, only Bendix offers stationary object alerts as part of its adaptive cruise control with braking and collision mitigation technologies. The Bendix Wingman Advanced technology, Frost & Sullivan believes, will drive growth for the total North American commercial vehicle integrated safety systems market.
“Bendix is honored to receive this prestigious award from Frost & Sullivan,” said Kevin Romanchok, product line director – electronics at Bendix. “We believe the Bendix Wingman Advanced solution is the latest step forward in commercial vehicle safety. It further demonstrates the company’s commitment to the safety of our nation’s roadways, while delivering cost-effective, active safety solutions that help fleets and drivers, especially in the current CSA environment.”
Bendix Wingman Advanced – collision mitigation technology and Bendix® ESP® – fullstability technology are designed to complement safe driving practices. No commercial vehicle safety technology replaces the most important safety components of all – a safe, alert driver practicing safe driving techniques and proactive, comprehensive driver training.
About Bendix Wingman Advanced
The Bendix Wingman Advanced system employs a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle. The system delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers mitigate rear-end collisions or, at least, help reduce their severity. The system also provides following distance and stationary object alerts that are always available – whether or not cruise control is engaged. When drivers utilize the adaptive cruise control with braking feature, the system will also actively intervene to help them maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle by reducing throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes.
The collision mitigation feature of Bendix Wingman Advanced provides additional interventions, whether or not cruise control is active. The system alerts the driver and automatically applies the brakes to help decelerate the vehicle when the system senses a rearend collision may be imminent. About two-thirds of the available braking power of the vehicle can be delivered through collision mitigation. By comparison, about one-third of the available braking power can be delivered through adaptive cruise control with braking. In all cases, of course, the driver maintains control and can add additional braking or steering inputs to help avoid or minimize the collision situation.
Bendix believes full stability is a critical foundation for active safety technologies. As a result, Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ builds on Bendix® ESP®. Because automatic brake application on slick surfaces brings the potential for instability, Bendix ESP is a critical component in helping ensure optimal performance of Bendix Wingman Advanced. In addition, fleets and drivers get the added benefit of rollover and loss-of-control mitigation. Continuing its leadership in delivering full-stability technology and contributing to safer highways, Bendix recently delivered its 115,000th Bendix ESP (Electronic Stability Program) system for tractor-trailers, trucks, and motor coaches