Bendix acquires VORAD collision warning system

| 1/6/2009

One of North America’s largest commercial truck safety technology manufacturers has acquired a radar-based collision warning system.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announced Monday, Jan. 5, that it had acquired the VORAD (Vehicle On-board Radar) system from Eaton Corporation for an undisclosed amount.

The VORAD system uses warnings to alert truck drivers to objects up to 500 feet in front of a vehicle, including around curves, and can track up to 20 vehicles at a time. Also, radar-based Blindspotter and Backspotter technologies can warn the driver about objects to the vehicle’s side or rear. VORAD is used by original equipment manufacturers, major trucking fleets and specialty vehicle manufacturers.

“Every Bendix employee is passionate about improving the safety on our nation’s highways; about reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries in commercial vehicle-related accidents; and about providing an economic payback to our end-users, through a complete range of active safety systems,” said Joe McAleese, Bendix president and CEO. “This move is another important step in our overall business growth plan.”

Bendix also sells its ESP Electronic Stability Program and Adaptive Cruise Control systems.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies active safety technologies, air brake charging and control systems, and components under the Bendix brand name for medium and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles in North America. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is headquartered in Elyria, OH, with manufacturing plants in Acuna, Mexico; Bowling Green, KY; and Huntington, IN. More information is available at