Peterbilt adding Bendix Wingman Advanced to medium duty trucks

337-01-2009rgb-300dpi-medPeterbilt is adding Bendix Wingman Advanced, which will offer collision mitigation technology that integrates with the Bendix ESP full stability system on Peterbilt’s medium duty trucks.

Bendix Wingman Advanced gives drivers alerts to take evasive action and will actively engage braking if the system detects an imminent collision.

Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer, says the collision mitigation technology will enhance safety for customers operating medium-duty trucks, which are often used in congested urban areas or jobsites.

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.