An ESC system, such as the one being offered by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC, can significantly enhance a truck's stability while accelerating, cornering, and braking, thereby enhancing the yaw, roll, and longitudinal stability of the vehicle. It automatically cor- rects oversteer and understeer to keep the truck on the road and avoid tripped-up rollover accidents.
BY SANDEEP KAR, PROGRAM MANAGER, FROST & SULLIVAN MARKET WATCH Frost & Sullivan partners with clients to accelerate their growth. Sandeep Kar is the program manager, Active Chassis heavy-truck technologies at Frost & Sullivan. He specializes in advanced Control Technologies heavy-truck technologies and markets spanning Generating Active Interest powertrain, chassis, safety and telematics. SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES like driver information and is lower than the incremental cost of adding the con- warning systems that were discussed in my previous stituent safety technologies. column are driver-in-the-loop type safety systems, An ESC system, such as the one being offered by which inform and warn the driver of an impending Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC, can signifi- safety risk. While these are considered evolutionary cantly enhance a truck’s stability while accelerating, technologies for augmenting and enhancing the safety cornering, and braking, thereby enhancing the yaw, of heavy-trucks, the truly revo- roll, and longitudinal stability of lutionary safety technologies the vehicle. It automatically cor- called active chassis control The net value proposition rects oversteer and understeer systems assist the driver by to keep the truck on the road to fleets is the availability actively controlling the chassis and avoid tripped-up rollover systems to elevate the safety of a comprehensive accidents. Automatic collision value of the host trucks. safety system that offers mitigating systems, such as Active chassis control sys- protection from multiple the On-Guard system offered tems reduce the burden on by Meritor WABCO, integrate the driver by proactively and vehicular instabilities. disparate safety technologies actively detecting impending such as adaptive cruise control instabilities and taking cor- and stability control systems rective actions to bring the vehicle towards stability. featuring active braking. The net value proposition These systems require little driver training but can to the fleets is the availability of a comprehensive act as a driver retention tool in a market that until safety system that offers protection from multiple recently was facing severe driver shortage. Moreover, vehicular instabilities. Both market participants in these systems are built upon sensors and actuators the active chassis control systems market will expe- that are standardized and have been tested and vali- rience higher levels of penetration and opportunities dated through extensive automotive applications. to augment the value proposition of these advanced
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