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March 25, 2019 1:00 PM, EDT

Bendix Launches Program to Retrofit Safety Systems

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced that several of its safety technologies are for the first time available through retrofits.

The systems currently available for retrofit include: the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system; Bendix Wingman Advanced, a collision mitigation technology; Bendix Vorad (vehicle on-board radar) VS-500; AutoVue 4G lane departure warning; the next-generation Bendix BlindSpotter side object detection system; and its SafetyDirect feature, which wirelessly collects and transmits safety data and video off the vehicle.

Additional technologies are slated for release throughout 2019 and beyond, according to the Elyria, Ohio-based company, which is a unit of Munich-based Knorr-Bremse Group.

“Retrofitting safety systems is very technical work and care must be taken, with the help of a knowledgeable supplier, to do it properly,” T.J. Thomas, director of marketing, controls, at Bendix, said in a release. “It’s critical that the configuration of the vehicle and the equipment already on it will integrate with the new capabilities to be added. That could mean some vehicles may be retrofit-capable, and some vehicles may not. In all cases, specialized retrofit expertise for evaluation and installation is crucial.”

The Bendix Retrofit Upgrade Program has a website that enables vehicle operators to determine retrofit opportunities per vehicle, and includes a network of Bendix-authorized retrofit dealers and distributors to facilitate the professional installation. — Transport Topics