Oakley Transport is adding Bendix collision-mitigation, full-stability, and side-object detection systems on around 300 new Volvo tractors, the carrier has announced.
Specifically, the carrier will equip the new trucks with the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision-mitigation system along with the Bendix Electronic Stability Program system and the Bendix BlindSpotter Side Object Detection system. Around 250 of these trucks are already on the road with the majority being deployed by the end of the year.
“Oakley Transport places a premium on safety,” said Peter Nativo, Oakley’s maintenance director. “Safety is the most important of the four service standards that guide our company, and it’s ingrained in everyone here. The Bendix technologies are another integral part of our safety offerings and they’ve already proven to be a wise investment.”
Of the 250 trucks already equipped with Bendix Wingman Advanced, only one has been involved in a rear-end collision since late 2013 while 250 trucks without the system recorded eight such collisions.
“In one example of how well Wingman Advanced works, the system helped one of our drivers avoid running into a set of tandems that were sitting on the highway in a low-light situation,” said Nativo. “Before our driver saw the wheels ahead, the system detected the hazard and gave the driver a three-second visual and audible stationary object warning, allowing him to take evasive action.”
Based out of Lake Wales, Fla., Oakley is a liquid bulk food-grade carrier with 500 trucks and 770 trailers in its fleet. It serves the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
“We applaud Oakley Transport’s commitment to safety, and we are pleased to help them meet their goals,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president of sales, marketing, and business development.
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