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Legislators, regulators, industry stakeholders experience DC Bendix safety event

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Scott Burkhart, left, vice president and general manager, Controls and Modules at Bendix; Rep. Betty Sutton and Fred Andersky, Bendix director of government relations, prepare for a demonstration of Bendix safety systems in Washington last month.
Scott Burkhart, left, vice president and general manager, Controls and Modules at Bendix; Rep. Betty Sutton and Fred Andersky, Bendix director of government relations, prepare for a demonstration of Bendix safety systems in Washington last month.

WASHINGTON —  Key legislators, regulators and industry association representatives experienced Bendix advanced safety, fuel economy and environmental technologies for commercial vehicles firsthand during demonstrations last month.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle conducted the learning experience for the third consecutive year at RFK Stadium here.  More than 90 people attended this year’s demonstration by Bendix and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.

Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, kicked off the event.

Sutton, a strong proponent of commercial vehicle safety and a leading supporter of active safety technologies, took the first ride in a truck outfitted with the Bendix ESP full-stability system and Bendix Wingman Advanced – a Collision Mitigation Technology.

“At a time when everyone is talking about creating jobs, I am proud to work with a company like Bendix, whose leading-edge safety and environmental technologies for commercial vehicles are helping to bring jobs to Northeast Ohio and other parts of the county,” Sutton said. “I will continue to stand by and work with companies like Bendix across Northeast Ohio to create new jobs and new opportunities for middle class families.”

Attendees included representatives of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the American Trucking Associations, the National Transportation Safety Board, Volvo Trucks North America, PACCAR Inc., Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the National Automobile Dealers Association/American Truck Dealers, the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC), the AAA and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Several congressional offices also were represented as well as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Key fleets also attended.

Participants experienced firsthand the performance and effectiveness of the range of Bendix advanced safety, environmental and fuel-saving technologies available today for tractor-trailers, trucks and motor coaches, Bendix officials said, including systems that are designed to help drivers mitigate rollover, loss-of-control, and rear-end collision situations, while others alert drivers to stationary objects in the vehicle’s path of travel and/or an unintended departure from the current lane of travel.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to launch the demo and ride in vehicles which demonstrated the advanced safety and environmental technologies that Bendix develops for the commercial vehicle market,” Sutton said. “I can see how these technologies will help drivers, fleets, and owner-operators improve safety, as well as improve fuel economy and reduce emissions – benefits for all of us who share our nation’s roadways.”

Bendix also showed systems that feature information to help fleets strengthen driver performance, along with technologies to help improve stopping distance. Demo participants learned about the Bendix air management solutions that are designed to deliver performance, improved fuel economy and lower emissions. The Bendix team also offered demo participants a glimpse of several future technologies designed to integrate video and radar.






“Bendix was pleased to have representatives of so many legislative offices, regulators, and industry associations attend the technology demonstration in our nation’s capital,”  Fred Andersky, Bendix director of government relations, said. “Providing an ‘in the seat’ demonstration truly is the best way to enable someone to get a better understanding of how Bendix technologies work and the solutions that are available to mitigate accidents, improve fuel economy, and reduce emissions.

“As great as these advanced safety technologies, are, however, they do not replace the need for safe, alert drivers practicing safe driving habits, along with comprehensive driver training and a strong fleet commitment to safety.” 

Many of these Bendix safety technologies are available from the major commercial vehicle manufacturers, including Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt and Volvo.

For more information about these and other commercial vehicle technologies, visit

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