BENDIX WINGMAN ADVANCED NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER ON KENWORTH MEDIUM DUTY T270 AND T370
The Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option for Kenworth T270 and T370 medium duty trucks. The radar-based collision mitigation system delivers adaptive cruise control with braking, along with autonomous emergency braking technology to help drivers mitigate rear-end collisions.
Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers both warning alerts to drivers and active interventions. The system provides following distance, impact and stationary object alerts, which are always available – whether or not cruise control is engaged. When drivers engage cruise control and set speed, the system will actively intervene to help them maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle by reducing throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes.
Bendix Wingman Advanced builds upon the full-stability technology of Bendix ESP (Electronic Stability Program) to provide fleets and truck operators with a system that can help drivers avoid potential collisions, rollovers, and loss-of-control situations.
According to Bendix, its driver assistance technologies are designed to complement safe drivers, safe driving practices, and proactive driver training programs, not replace them. Responsibility for the safe operation of the vehicle remains with the driver at all times.
407 ETR has announced toll and fee changes that will come into effect on February 1, 2017. The new toll rate structure to take effect on February 1, 2017, accounts for differences in traffic during varying times of the day and days of the week. The new format also accounts for those differences dependent on the direction of travel (eastbound or westbound) during certain times of the workday. Over 50% of 407 ETR drivers state they save between 20 and 60 minutes per trip by using 407 ETR and the time, fuel and vehicle maintenance savings achieved by using the road offsets some or most of their tolls. Drivers of 407 ETR avoid the traffic congestion on area roads and highways and also reduce the impact that slow moving and stop-and-go driving has on the environment.
Changes to the 2017 Toll Rate Schedule include:
· The Monthly Transponder Lease Fee will be $3.90. · The Monthly Video Account Fee will be $3.90. · The Camera Charge for light vehicle customers without a
transponder will be $4.10. The annual transponder lease fee will remain frozen at $23.50. An additional transponder remains $9.95 per year, leased annually or $1 monthly.
The Trip Toll Charge remains unchanged for 2017, as follows:
· Light Vehicles will be charged $1.00 per trip. · Heavy Single Unit Vehicles will be charged $2.00 per trip. · Heavy Multiple Unit Vehicles will be charged $3.00 per trip. When the entry or exit of a vehicle is not recorded, a calculated toll will be applied.
For a complete list of toll and fee changes, please visit www.407etr.com.
Demand management measures outside of road pricing, such as:
4 Access controls (time-of-day restrictions on truck traffic and time-of-day speed restrictions) 4 Parking controls 4 Support for ride-sharing 4 Support for bicycle and pedestrian
facilities 4Investment in public transit 4Road network capacity expansion
The report also makes it clear that an honest public discussion of the costs and benefits of road pricing must include a full accounting of who pays, who benefits and by how much. The report – and a previous report released by the Conference Board of Canada, Where the Rubber Meets the Road – discusses how many of the costs of road use, such as maintenance, congestion delays and fuel costs, are already ‘internal’ to road users, either individually or as a group.
If a congestion reduction strategy is to cost drivers more, it must be very clear about the reasoning behind those costs and the associated benefits.
“Drivers, more than anyone else, appreciate the need to reduce congestion,” concludes Di Felice. “We only ask that politicians looking to reduce congestion be clear about their goals, how they are going to achieve them and how the benefits will outweigh the costs.”