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Today’s Pickup: Bendix makes advanced safety systems available for older truck models

 Bendix is now making its advanced safety systems available for retrofit onto models where it was not factory-installed.
Bendix is now making its advanced safety systems available for retrofit onto models where it was not factory-installed.

Good day,

Safety is no longer only for those that can afford new trucks. Bendix has announced its advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as the Wingman Fusion and Wingman Advanced, can now be retrofitted onto older truck models.

 “Keeping a fleet equipped with the latest safety technology can be a never-ending challenge,” said TJ Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions – controls. “It’s just not practical to scrap all your trucks and replace them overnight. The Bendix Retrofit Upgrade Program makes it possible to bring vehicles not originally built with selected safety systems up to speed with the latest increasingly essential systems. It helps enhance a fleet’s safety, while also contributing to an improved driver experience vehicle to vehicle.”

Systems available include the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system, Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology, the Bendix VORAD (Vehicle On-Board Radar) VS-500, AutoVue 4G Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System by Bendix CVS, the Bendix BlindSpotter Side Object Detection System, and SafetyDirect from Bendix CVS. Additional technologies are slated for release throughout 2019 and beyond. 

Bendix will launch a website in mid-May to serve as the hub of the Retrofit Upgrade The site allows fleets and vehicle operators to identify which retrofit upgrade options are available for specific vehicle make, model, and year configurations. It allows Bendix to connect registered customers with a network of Authorized Retrofit Dealers and Distributors that can assist fleets in securing Bendix retrofit installation and support.  

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Final Thoughts

Last fall, the U.S. announced it planned to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) unless changes were enacted, including allowing member countries to set their own postal shipping rates for packages weighing up to 4.4 pounds. The UPU was designed to make it easy to ship goods globally. President Trump believes the program is unfair to U.S. companies such as FedEx (NYSE: FDX) and UPS (NYSE: UPS) that must pay more to move goods than companies in other countries. Two-thirds of UPU member countries, though, must vote in favor of any change and it appears that only about 15 percent support the U.S. initiative, possible leaving Trump with a choice to make.

Hammer down everyone!

Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]