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Technology April 15-30, 2018 • 33 Bendix: Full stability becoming norm as technology proving its safety value THE TRUCKER STAFF ELYRIA, Ohio — How rapidly is full-stability technology becoming the norm? In the past year, Bendix has delivered as many units of its Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program — about 100,000 — as it did in the first six years of the system’s existence. That’s pushed the total lifetime deliveries of Bendix ESP full stability to more than 600,000, says the safety technology company. “Full-stability technology proves its value to fleets and drivers every day, and its effectiveness at improving highway safety is reflected in both the technology’s selection as the stability system of choice for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stability mandate, and in the increasing adoption rates industrywide — even before that rule took effect last year,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president of sales, marketing, and business development. “For 13 years, Bendix ESP has helped make commercial vehicles safer, mitigated rollover and loss-of-control incidents, provided return-on-investment, and evolved into a critical foundational technology of more complex, integrated safety systems, including collision mitigation.” Bendix ESP was the first widely available full-stability system for commercial vehicles in North America when it was launched in 2005, and the company is currently conducting its 18th year of winter testing on the system. See Stability on p34 m Courtesy: PEOPLENET PeopleNet’s network communications, mobility and analytics products are used by more than 2,000 truckload, LTL, private, and energy services fleets throughout North America. FMCSA requests comments on rules that can help or hinder transition to autonomous CMVs Dorothy Cox firstname.lastname@example.org California recently passed a law allowing testing of driverless vehicles without a human aboard and many states are jumping on the autonomous bandwagon, with trucking also testing and demonstrating its own automated technology. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the agency that regulates commercial trucking is requesting comments on existing rules that may help or hinder a smooth and safe transition to autonomous CMVs. Specifically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it wants comments on regulations that “may need to be updated, modified or eliminated to facilitate safe introduction of automated, modified or eliminated to facilitate the safe introduction of automated driving systemequipped commercial motor vehicles … .” Assisting the agency in its undertaking is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. The center will be conducting a “preliminary review” of FMCSA safety regulations that relate to the “development and safe introduction” of CMVs with automated systems. FMCSA also wants comments on current rules that “may hinder the testing and safe integration of ADS-equipped CMVs.” The agency noted that it’s not after com- See FMCSA on p34 m Courtesy: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS The photo shows a vehicle on a demonstration track where the stability system is turned off. The outriggers are installed during demonstrations to keep the vehicle from rolling over. PeopleNet debuts Drivewyze integration for Android platform during TCA ’18 convention THE TRUCKER STAFF KISSIMMEE, Fla. —PeopleNet (peoplenetonline.com), a Trimble company and provider of fleet mobility technology, has announced the availability of the Drivewyze PreClear Weigh Station Bypass App on the PeopleNet Android platform. The announcement was made at the 2018 Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Convention held March 25-28. PeopleNet has partnered with Drivewyze, the nation’s largest weigh station bypass service, since 2013. Drivewyze allows drivers to bypass locations, saving time, fuel and money, decreasing wear and tear on vehicles, and minimizing the stress and hassle of weigh station stops. “By integrating Drivewyze PreClear with our Android platform, customers can experience the best of both worlds,” said Bryan Coyne, general manager, North America for Trimble Transportation Mobility. “Not only can fleets realize the improved driver performance and trip efficiency that Drivewyze enables but they can leverage the powerful Android platform that is built to meet their needs both today and in the future.” Drivewyze offers bypass opportunities at nearly 700 locations in nearly every state in the continental U.S. and in the Canadian province of Alberta. The Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass application comes pre-loaded on People- Net Android devices, including PeopleNet ConnectedTablet and PeopleNet-certified Samsung devices. Fleets can also turn on a free analytics weigh station loss reporting tool to enable them to deter- See Bypass on p34 m The Trucker file photo The Tesla Semi, above, has an autopilot system which can maintain a set speed and slow down automatically in traffic. It also has a system that automatically keeps the vehicle in its lane.