Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has announced that its ESP (Electronic Stability Program) full-stability system with Automatic Traction Control (ATC) has became standard on the majority of PeterbiltMotors Co.’s Class 8 trucks and tractors, including the newly announced Model 579.

Additionally, the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision-mitigations system is now available optionally on Peterbilt’s Models 579, 587, 386, 384, 382, 389, 367, and 365.

 “Making full stability standard represents an important, forward-thinking decision by Peterbilt, and we are thrilled that the company chose Bendix ESP as its standard technology,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president and general manger-- Controls Group. “Peterbilt’s endorsement of Bendix ESP and Bendix Wingman Advanced represents a great expression of trust and confidence in Bendix’s ability to deliver the best commercial vehicle safety technology on the road today.”

“Making Bendix ESP standard on the majority of our heavy-duty trucks and offering BendixWingmanAdvanced as an option on our entire on-highway lineup allows us to provide  the most advanced safety technologies available to our customers,” said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt general manager. “We want our customers to have not only the most productive and reliable trucks in the industry, but also the safest.”

Bendix ESP is an ABS-based full-stability system. According to Bendix, the system includes automatic traction control and enhances vehicle stability both by reducing engine throttle and applying vehicle braking, based on actual vehicle dynamics and driver input. 

Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, BendixWingmanAdvanced delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions or, at least, help reduce their severity, said Bendix. The system provides following distance and stationary object alerts, which are always available above approximately 10 mph – whether or not cruise control is engaged. When drivers use their cruise control, the adaptive cruise control with braking feature will 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.