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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


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.”

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