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Barbara Gould or Ken Kesegich
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC Marcus Thomas LLC
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MATS 2017 Booth No. 32175


Texas Hauler Orders 100 Peterbilt Model 579 Tractors Equipped with
Leading-Edge Collision Mitigation Technology

ELYRIA, Ohio – March 22, 2017 – Andrews Logistics knows safety: The Southlake,
Texas-based company has won multiple national safety awards, earned praise for its efforts,
and instituted a multifaceted approach to safer roadways. But company Chairman and CEO
J. Darron Eschle also knows this: “We can’t control every factor on the roads, and even the best
driver, steeped in safety culture and operating in the most responsible manner, can have an
accident.” Now, he says, they have a system in place that can help prevent or minimize the
severity of those accidents: Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™.

Andrews, which transports bulk liquids and hazardous materials in the United States,
Canada, and Mexico, is adding 100 new Peterbilt Model 579 trucks equipped with Bendix’s
flagship collision mitigation system to its 320-tractor fleet. The company also operates 600
trailers – mostly tankers – from a network of a dozen terminals. Andrews’ first 15 Fusionequipped
trucks are already on the road, with delivery of the rest expected in 2017 and 2018.

The company has also spec’ed Bendix® ADB22X™ air disc brakes for some time, setting the
stage for another step forward.

“We’re really excited about Wingman Fusion,” Eschle said. “Since the day we opened in
1997, we’ve stressed a culture of safety: Everybody here understands that we’re going to
operate in a safe manner and keep all of our stakeholders safe, especially our drivers and the
general public sharing the road with them.”

That culture is one of five pillars on which Andrews has built its approach to safety. The
other four are stringent hiring practices, proactive training, monitoring driver habits, and
implementing the most effective safety technologies. The results speak for themselves:
Andrews has won multiple safety awards from the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC),
including the organization’s top prize, the Outstanding Performance Trophy. The company has
also consistently been praised as one of the safest tank-truck carriers in the country by the
National Tank Truck Association (NTTA), and is the youngest company ever to win the NTTA’s
overall top safety award.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC is the North American leader in the
development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies
for commercial vehicles.

Investing in the Latest Technology

Wingman® Fusion™ integrates and advances a proven, road-tested suite of Bendix
safety technologies – radar, camera, and the vehicle’s brake system – into a comprehensive
driver assistance system. Built on a foundation of the Bendix® ESP® Electronic Stability Program
full-stability system, Fusion incorporates visual data from a camera, which means that unlike
radar-only systems, it constantly combines and cross-checks information from multiple sources.
This makes possible advancements such as enhanced rear-end collision mitigation, lane
departure warning, overspeed alerts and action, and braking on stationary vehicles. The system
also helps drivers avoid additional crash situations, including rollovers, loss-of-control, and
sideswipe crashes, while prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction.

“North America’s roads are busier than ever, and not everyone out there is giving their
full attention to driving safely around our trucks,” Eschle said. “We wanted the best equipment
available to help us prevent accidents, so we went to Bendix and asked for the latest
technology. This is our first collision mitigation system, and our insurance company indicated
that they were insuring other fleets using Bendix systems that were seeing excellent results and
return on investment.”

The Wingman Fusion system camera is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ
processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms. With video, radar, and other sensors working
together, and not just in parallel, Wingman Fusion realizes events sooner – alerting the driver
and decreasing the vehicle’s speed up to twice as much – to help the driver mitigate potential
collisions or lessen their severity. This ability to cross-check information is an important facet of
the Bendix Wingman Fusion system, and means Fusion typically delivers robust interventions fewer false alerts or interventions than radar-only systems. False alerts can be a driver
annoyance, while false interventions may be dangerous.

Eschle said Andrews is considering retrofitting some of its newer trucks with Fusion,™
and plans to include the system on all its new truck orders. Peterbilt Motors Company has
offered Fusion as a factory-installed option on its Models 567 and 579 since 2016.
Air Disc Brake Advantage

The Bendix® ADB22X™ air disc brake helps active safety systems addressing collision
mitigation and stability to achieve optimum performance in both tractor and trailer applications.
Produced by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, a joint venture between Bendix Commercial
Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, the ADB22X has been standard
equipment on the steer axle of all Peterbilt Class 8 tractors since 2011.

“We’ve been extremely pleased with both the performance of our Bendix air disc brakes
and the uptime advantages they bring to our maintenance bays,” Eschle said. “And if you’re going
to invest in advanced safety resources like Fusion, it only makes sense to pair that technology
with the stopping power of the ADB22X.”

Air disc brakes provide passenger car-like feel and straight, stable stops, along with
greater reliability due to virtually no brake fade or degradation of stopping power. In the shop, they
offer longer service life and quicker pad replacement than foundation drum brakes. And their
internal self-adjustment mechanism can help lower the risk of brakes being found out of
adjustment during inspection, which can affect Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scoring.

“Our focus is to pick up and deliver on time in the safest and most efficient manner
possible,” Eschle said. “We got to where we are by providing high-level service, of course, but
most of all because of our safety record. Many of our customers have to be selective in the
carriers they do business with from a liability standpoint, so we work hard to make things easy for
them by delivering good safety results.”

Partners in Safety

“Andrews’ commitment to safety at every level – drivers, technicians, dispatchers, and
executives alike – is apparent to everyone at Bendix who spends even just a few minutes
getting to know the Andrews team,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales,
marketing, and business development. “And those who have worked more closely with them
quickly feel right at home in an organization that spends practically every waking moment
considering ways to make North America’s roads safer for its truck drivers and everyone who
shares the highway with them.”

Advanced driver assistance technologies like Fusion™ are not meant to replace skilled,
alert, professional drivers exercising safe driving techniques, Burkhart added. Today’s active
safety systems serve to complement safe driving practices, and not to enable or encourage
aggressive driving. Proactive, comprehensive driver training remains crucial, as the safe
operation of any commercial vehicle is a driver’s responsibility at all times.

“We put a huge focus on high driver retention, and attribute our strong safety record in
large part to low driver turnover levels,” Eschle said. “It’s one of the many reasons why we aim
to put our drivers behind the wheel of the safest and most reliable vehicles available: Everyone
on the road deserves to come home safely.”

Through its ever-growing portfolio of technology developments, Bendix delivers on areas
critical to the success of fleets and drivers: safety, vehicle performance and efficiency, and postsales
support. By helping lower total cost of vehicle ownership, Bendix strives to strengthen
return on investment in equipment and technologies that contribute to greater highway safety

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