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Bendix Fusion flagship system to add lane centering, highway assist, more

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The Bendix FLC20 camera is used with Bendix Wingman Fusion and is part of Bendix flagship camera- and radar-based collision mitigation technology. (Courtesy: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS)

ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems said Wednesday that forthcoming Bendix Wingman Fusion upgrades in hardware and software will power new collision mitigation and driver assistance features, including Traffic Jam Assist, Highway Assist and Pedestrian/Cyclist Alerts, along with steering capabilities such as Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Centering.

The new state-of-the-art components fully support SAE Level 2 driving functions, building on Bendix’s proven existing suite of technologies, laying the groundwork for future integration with Electronic Braking Systems (EBS), and enhancing driver, vehicle, and highway safety. The new capabilities are expected to be available in the next two years, according to TJ Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions — Controls Group.

Technology company and automotive supplier, Continental, supplies state-of-the-art radar and camera sensors for the solutions.

“This is a major step along the pathway to more highly automated vehicles and represents the deepest, most effective integration to date of Fusion’s forward-facing camera, front and side radar units, and Bendix’s braking and steering systems,” Thomas said. “With significantly increased radar and camera performance — which also enables greatly enhanced object detection, including road signs — we improve all of Fusion’s existing features and unlock many more advanced functions, up to SAE Level 2, such as Highway Assist.”

SAE level 2 is where the vehicle is able to control both the steering and acceleration/ deceleration ADAS capabilities. Although this allows the vehicle to automate certain parts of the driving experience, the driver remains in complete control of the vehicle at all times.

Through a previously announced global partnership for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and a path to highly automated driving between Bendix’s parent company, the Knorr-Bremse Group, and Continental, the Bendix Wingman Fusion system will utilize state-of-the-art forward radar and camera units as well as a side-facing radar from Continental.

Using sensors that are working together and not just in parallel, Fusion gathers input through the radar, video and the vehicle’s braking system, combining and cross-checking the information to create a highly detailed and accurate data picture surrounding the vehicle.

“These are among the most capable radar and cameras in the North American commercial vehicle industry, and now we’re combining them with Bendix braking and steering technologies,” Thomas said.

“Continental is delighted to contribute and to bring forward advanced driving assistance features for this key market as part of our cooperation with the Knorr-Bremse Group,” said Phil McEwen, who heads the Commercial Vehicle Customer Center for Continental North America.

Next-generation Wingman Fusion’s Lane Centering will integrate the camera and steering systems to help keep a vehicle centered along a projected path of travel, while Lane Change Assist will monitor the sides of a tractor-trailer, relative to the lane markings. Side radar will also enable the Pedestrian/Cyclist Alerts and feedback.

Highway Assist will engage when Fusion’s active cruise control with braking is set: The vehicle will not only maintain a distance with the forward vehicle — increasing safety — but will also track to near center, automatically, and follow to a defined trajectory to assist the truck and trailer to stay within the intended lane. The driver will need to have their hands on the wheel, but the system will reduce driver fatigue associated with micro-adjustments needed during normal driving activity. It is especially useful in light to moderate traffic where cut-ins and road curvatures can wear a driver down over a long day’s work.

Building on Highway Assist, Traffic Jam Assist further helps the driver when traffic becomes heavy, as the system will help the driver steer and brake at low speeds when backed-up traffic causes slowdowns.

Upcoming versions of Fusion will retain the capabilities of the system’s earlier versions: Stationary object alerts, overspeed alerts and intervention, lane departure warning, and prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction. Fusion can also deliver enhanced rear-end collision mitigation and stationary vehicle braking, along with multilane automatic emergency braking, highway departure braking, ACB (active cruise with braking) Stop & Driver Go and ACB Auto-Resume. Fusion has the capacity to provide full braking power on the tractor, which — combined with earlier object detection — can help reduce a vehicle’s speed by as much as 50 miles per hour when encountering stationary and slower-moving vehicles.

Lane Keeping Assist technology means that if a driver intends to change lanes while a vehicle is detected, Fusion will be able to deliver haptic feedback and steering resistance.

Because it is built on the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system, Bendix® Wingman Fusion also helps drivers avoid additional crash situations, including rollovers and loss-of-control. Event-based data — including video — can be wirelessly transmitted for driver coaching and analysis by fleet safety personnel.

Bendix launched the Bendix Wingman family of collision mitigation solutions in 2009. Since then, ever-advancing Wingman technologies have become available through almost all major North American Class 5-8 truck manufacturers, achieving standard position on models at Kenworth Truck Co., Peterbilt Motors, Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks North America, and International Trucks.

Across North America, a growing number of fleets of varying size, location, and vocation spec Wingman Fusion, reporting significant reductions in rear-end collisions – as much as 90 percent – and decreased severity of those that did occur, Thomas said.

SAE International’s Levels of Driving Automation standards characterize Level 2 automation as requiring human support in the driver’s seat: Safety support systems need to be monitored, and the driver must steer, brake, or accelerate as needed to maintain safety, even when technologies like lane centering and adaptive cruise control are simultaneously employed.

“Even as we step into higher levels of commercial vehicle automation, there is no replacement for skilled, alert drivers practicing safe driving habits, and supported by proactive, ongoing driver training,” Thomas said. “Commercially available technologies, like Wingman Fusion, are meant to help prevent good drivers from having a bad day – and not to encourage or enable aggressive driving. Responsibility for the safe operation of any vehicle remains in the hands of the professional men and women behind the wheel and their dedication to safety.”

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Advantage PressurePro releases Fleet TPMS consumer app

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Featuring 24/7 tire monitoring, five unique pressure/temperature alerts and local notifications for maximized coverage and safety, Fleet TPMS also offers fully configurable layouts and vehicle naming and storage. (Courtesy: PRESSUREPRO

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Advantage PressurePro Thursday released its Fleet TPMS app.

Leveraging PressurePro’s FX technology, and building upon its previously released and feature-rich consumer app, the launch of Fleet TPMS empowers fleet users to deliver real time tire performance monitoring for drivers and haulers of many types direct to existing smart devices, according to Edward Lutski, PressurePro’s director of technology.

Additionally, the launch of Fleet TPMS also enables a critical link for fleets to PressurePro’s Connect tire management platform, unleashing unmatched visibility and control of your tire management practices, he said.

Featuring 24/7 tire monitoring, five unique pressure/temperature alerts and local notifications for maximized coverage and safety, Fleet TPMS also offers fully configurable layouts and vehicle naming and storage, enabling complete customization and easy toggling between multiple trailers/units. Further, a rolling performance history log enables users to gain immediate access to recent tire performance data.

“While a powerful monitoring tool on its own, Fleet TPMS becomes even stronger when used as a link to provide data flow through our comprehensive software platform Connect,” Lutsko said. “When combined, customers unlock advanced monitoring tools to gain detailed and actionable tire performance insights across their entire fleet, giving them unmatched control of their tire management practices.”

When paired with PressurePro Connect, users also unlock email alerting capabilities, exportable tire performance history, automated tire performance trend analysis, and an easy to use dashboard that features prioritized data and actionable items, Lutsko said.

“As we have for the last 28 years, PressurePro continues to push the innovation of our market to provide maximized safety and savings for to every road our customers travel,” said Jason Zaroor, PressurePro’s president and CEO. “With the release of Fleet TPMS, and especially when paired with our Connect platform, we’re now able to provide a cost effective solution that provides complete visibility of ever tire in your fleet; in-cab to drivers, in the field to managers or to your office for controllers.”

Learn more about their full line of stand-alone and integrated TPMS options at www.pressurepro.us.  8

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Webasto reveals modular battery system, thermal management, charging stations

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Use of the elements ranges from passenger cars to Class 8 trucks. (Courtesy: WEBASTO)

FENTON, Mich. — Webasto, one of the top 100 global automotive suppliers, continues to stake a claim in the rapidly expanding e-mobility segment of the commercial vehicle and automotive marketplace.

The company exhibited elements of a new modular battery system, thermal management and charging solutions in Ford Motor Co.’s booth recently at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Webasto won Ford’s 2019 Best of Show Stand Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design for Mustang Lithium, a one-off battery electric prototype with 1,000 ft-lbs of torque and over 900 horsepower.

Use of the elements ranges from passenger cars to Class 8 trucks.

“Webasto first entered the electric vehicle market in 2014 with the high voltage heater, as part of its strategic plan to serve its OEM customers as they moved more decisively into the e-mobility space,” said Mark Denny, president and CEO of Webasto Customized Solutions in North America. “Our expansion into battery systems, battery testing equipment, thermal management and charging systems means that both small and large manufacturers now have a respected supplier with decades of experience working within the complex vehicle manufacturing environment, as well as with dealers across North America, Europe and China.”

The Webasto CV standard battery system is designed for total scalability and configuration flexibility, Denny said.

Each battery pack has 35 kWh of energy and up to 10 packs can be used for a combined 350 kWh. With 400V and 800V versions available, the system can be easily configured via the vehicle interface box (VIB), which is the master battery management system and power distribution unit. It is truly a plug-and-play system that reduces development time and cost for the vehicle manufacturer.

Within the battery pack, the self-contained modules also include desiccant cartridges that reduce condensation, integrated thermal runaway detection sensors and state-of-the-art pressure equalization monitors for added safety. Their compact, energy-dense format makes the battery packs easy for engineers to configure for use on virtually any vehicle platform, Denny said

Using the Mustang Lithium to show their capabilities of both designing custom energy storage solutions and supplying off-the-shelf standard battery packs, Webasto set the stage for today’s revelation that its commercial vehicle (CV) Standard Battery System is available in North America. With this modular battery system, Webasto meets the requirements of several commercial vehicle manufacturers to have a cost-efficient solution even for small quantities

Conditioning the battery is essential for battery life and health. Webasto offers both off-the-shelf solutions for the CV Standard Battery and custom developments for OEM projects. Using both active and passive cooling, electric fluid heating and heat pump configurations, the Webasto thermal management keeps battery systems in optimum operating temperature which have a positive effect on performance and range.

At the Mustang Lithium display, Webasto also featured its TurboDX Level-2 charging station. The charging unit that was shown connected to the Mustang Lithium is compatible with both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles, and perfect for home, business and multi-unit dwelling applications.

The Webasto charging solution features a slim, compact design, a durable aluminum rear enclosure and a quick-read charging status indicator.

Webasto also offers the TurboCord portable vehicle charger. The TurboCord lets users take their charger with them wherever they go. It can be plugged directly into any standard 120-volt electrical outlet, or even a 240V outlet for quicker charge times, allowing total charging flexibility and freedom.

“With the introduction of our new modular battery system, thermal management and charging technologies, Webasto has demonstrated its commitment to vertically integrate itself within the North American commercial vehicle and automotive e-mobility marketplace,” Denny said.

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P.S.I. offers warranty extension for ATIS when used with SKF system

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When the SKF TFO-7 wheel-end configuration is specified for use with the P.S.I. ATIS, P.S.I. will automatically extend its parts coverage to seven years. (Courtesy: P.S.I.)

SAN ANTONIO — Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) is offering extended warranty on its automatic tire inflation system (ATIS) from five to seven years when the system is used in combination with SKF’s Trouble-Free Operation (TFO) System.

The SKF TFO platform provides OEMs and fleets with unsurpassed flexibility in specifying conventional long-life wheel ends, regardless of the axle and suspension provider, according to Tom Smego, director of OEM sales.

P.S.I. and SKF have worked together to provide the best warranties available in the trailer market by combining their wheel end and automatic tire inflation products. Smego said, adding that unlike other solutions, the SKF TFO platform provides OEMs with the opportunity to source components as they do today, without requiring unique sourcing and assembly processes.

“SKF is a global leader in wheel end technology, and we are pleased to work cooperatively with them in developing an option for fleets that demand ATIS and long-life wheel ends with compatible warranties,” said Steve Miller, P.S.I.’s vice president of engineering. The SKF TFO platform is available through most trailer OEMs.  When the SKF TFO-7 wheel-end configuration is specified for use with the P.S.I. ATIS, P.S.I. will automatically extend its parts coverage to seven years.

“Fleets no longer need to feel forced into a particular wheel end solution.  And more importantly, they know that when combining P.S.I. and SKF, they don’t have to play referee when they need to sort out warranty concerns,” Smego said.

The P.S.I. automatic tire inflation system comes standard with the patented ThermALERT wheel-end high-temperature warning system.

Miller said the ThermALERT feature has proven to be a highly reliable and cost-effective way to warn of a pending wheel-end thermal event.  Since its introduction in 2006, it has become a standard with many fleets.

“Wheel end thermal events are a major focus in the industry.  Having a burned-up wheel end will not only cost significant money from the repair standpoint, but the potential for extensive collateral damage is high,” Miller said.

P.S.I. is a privately held company and exports to 45 countries including China, India, South America, Africa, Australia and Europe.  P.S.I. is an ISO 9001 Quality Management certified.  For more information about Pressure Systems International visit www.psitireinflation.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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