Peterbilt is adding Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ to its medium-duty Models 337 and 348, providing collision mitigation technology that improves safety and integrates with the Bendix® ESP® full stability system.
Bendix Wingman Advanced gives drivers alerts to take evasive action and will actively engage braking if the system detects an imminent collision.
“The introduction of Bendix Wingman Advanced further establishes Peterbilt as a safety leader,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. “This collision mitigation technology will enhance safety for our customers operating medium-duty trucks, which are often used in congested urban areas or jobsites. It complements existing safety features, such as Bendix ESP, to help maintain vehicle stability during hard braking and assists the driver in operating safely with automation when needed.”
Bendix Wingman Advanced uses a radar-based sensor to help drivers keep safe following distances through adaptive cruise control and to detect stationary metallic objects regardless of darkness, fog, rain, smoke and snow.
When a potential hazard is detected, Bendix Wingman Advanced gives the operator an audible warning and displays the warning on an in-dash module that is also the driver interface with the system. When cruise is on and speed is set, the adaptive cruise control feature, depending on the situation, automatically engages the throttle, engine retarder or foundation brakes to maintain a safe following distance; the collision mitigation technology activates by alerting the driver and applying the foundation brakes when the system determines a collision is imminent.
Drivers can apply additional braking and steering, according to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. The company notes that no commercial vehicle safety technology replaces a skilled, alert driver exercising safe driving techniques and proactive, comprehensive driver training. Responsibility for the safe operation of the vehicle remains with the driver at all times.
Bendix Wingman Advanced is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships. Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ – an advanced driver assistance safety system that includes lane departure warning, enhanced collision mitigation and in-lane object recognition – is also currently available for Peterbilt’s heavy-duty Models 579 and 567.