PacLease testing Bendix safety products in Technology Trucks

Jason Cannon

March 26, 2014

A range of Bendix safety technologies, including active safety systems and air disc brakes, are being showcased on PACCAR Leasing Company (PacLease) trucks at demonstrations across the United States and Canada.

PacLease , with more than 500 leasing locations in North America, equipped a Kenworth T680 and a Peterbilt Model 579 with the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system; Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology; AutoVue Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System from Bendix CVS; Bendix BlindSpotter Side Object Detection System; and SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) from Bendix CVS.

The trucks are also outfitted with Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes, manufactured by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB), a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products LLC.

PacLease began using these “Technology Trucks” in fleet operations in December, and they were most recently displayed at the March 2014 Truck Rental and Leasing Association’s (TRALA) annual meeting in Arizona. The trucks are currently used for weeklong demonstrations at customer sites.

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“There’s a growing fleet interest in leasing trucks that are equipped with advanced safety systems and air disc brakes, and in how those technologies protect return on investment,” says Michelle Harry, PacLease director of marketing. “With the comprehensive package of Bendix innovations installed, our Technology Trucks not only provide a firsthand experience, they also illustrate the potential for PacLease franchises to custom spec vehicles for any fleet’s specific needs.”

Bendix was the first North American brake system manufacturer to make full-stability widely available to the commercial vehicle market.

Bendix ESP, introduced in 2005, helped form the foundation of Bendix’s active safety systems, and recently surpassed the 300,000-unit sales mark.

“It took six full years to get to 100,000,” Fred Andersky, Bendix’s director of government affairs, says of the benchmark of EPS systems in the marketplace, “but half that time to triple that number.”
Bendix closed the door on 2013 hitting their 300,000 goal and expects to hit 400,000 by mid-2015.


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