ELYRIA, Ohio – School buses are one of the safest modes of transportation in the United States. Now, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and leading school bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses are joining forces to make them even safer.
Thomas Built, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, is offering the Bendix® Intellipark® Electronic Parking Brake as factory-installed optional equipment on its Saf-T-Liner® C2 – and as factory-installed standard equipment on the Saf-T-Liner® C2 Jouley® electric bus – effective July 1, 2020. Thomas Built is the first school bus original equipment manufacturer to make Intellipark available.
Intellipark helps prevent rollaway and runaway crashes by automatically setting the parking brake if the driver exits the vehicle without setting it. Additionally, it offers immediate driver-friendly benefits, such as ease of use and clear indication of parking brake status.
“Developing advanced safety technologies that help keep student passengers safe and support school bus drivers is a critical mission at Bendix, and we’re delighted to combine efforts with Thomas Built Buses in this important step,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “Data show there’s no safer option for transporting students to and from school, but even a single accident is one too many. Both in terms of safety and driver satisfaction, the Bendix® Intellipark® Electronic Parking Brake is there to assist the legion of men and women who travel our roads every day doing their vital, challenging job.”
Engineered for Safety
“At Thomas Built Buses – where the safety and comfort of the people in our school buses is paramount – we are committed to offering proven advanced technologies on our vehicles, for their safety advantages and the added peace of mind they bring,” said Anca Matache, product planning manager for Thomas Built Buses. “Intellipark provides unique benefits, complementing the other safety features built into our buses and further helping to back up the drivers piloting them.”
Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles, is also the foremost supplier of safety technologies for school buses.