Comcar adds Bendix products to large fleet investment

Jason Cannon

March 27, 2013

Comcar is adding 500 International ProStar trucks to its fleet, all of which will be equipped with Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system and Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology.

The carrier has also chosen the Bendix AD-IS air dryer for the vehicles.

Founded in 1953 as a cement-hauler, Comcar Industries encompasses five trucking company subsidiaries and six logistics company subsidiaries serving the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Comcar and its subsidiaries employ more than 4,500 employees and contractors at its 53 terminals.

Bendix says full-stability technology tends to be more effective than roll-only systems, since they typically assesses situations quicker – thanks to additional sensors that measure driver intent and vehicle direction – and then deliver automatic brake interventions involving the steer, drive, and trailer axles.

Roll-only systems typically don’t have the additional sensors and only apply the brakes on the drive and trailer axles. Slowing the vehicle quickly helps mitigate rollovers faster, while slowing and redirecting can help the driver maneuver in loss-of-control situations.

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding stability technology on commercial vehicles. If enacted, new NHTSA rules would require full-stability technology, known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), on truck tractors and certain buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 11,793 kilograms (26,000 pounds). Bendix ESP is a full-stability, or ESC, system.

Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers active cruise control with braking features, along with collision mitigation technology, using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle. The system delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions or, at least, help reduce their severity.

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