Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, BendixWingmanAdvanced delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions or, at least, help reduce their severity. The system provides following distance and stationary object alerts, which are always available above approximately 10 mph – whether or not cruise control is engaged. When drivers use their cruise control, the adaptive cruise control with braking feature will actively intervene to help them maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle by reducing throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes.
The collision mitigation feature of Bendix Wingman Advanced provides additional braking interventions, delivering up to two-thirds of the vehicle braking power through the steer, drive, and trailer brakes. This "always available" braking feature is ready to assist drivers above about 15 mph – whether or not cruise control is active – by alerting the driver and automatically applying the brakes to help decelerate the vehicle when the system senses a rear-end collision may be imminent. The driver, of course, still maintains control and can add additional braking or steering inputs to help avoid or minimize the collision situation.
A stationary object alert provides audible and visual alerts to the driver when the vehicle is approaching a stationary metallic object, such as a car, steel drum, or other metallic obstruction blocking the lane of travel. The alert gives the driver up to three seconds before a potential impact, helping him or her to respond to the impending threat. The warning is always available above about 10 mph.
"Making Bendix ESP standard on the majority of our heavy-duty trucks and offering Bendix Wingman Advanced as an option on our entire on-highway lineup allows us to provide the most advanced safety technologies available to our customers," said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president. "We want our customers to have not only the most productive and reliable trucks in the industry, but also the safest."
With standard position for Bendix ESPand optional position for Bendix Wingman Advanced, Peterbilt continues to advance its offerings of Bendix technologies. In 2011, the company chose the patented Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes as standard on the steer axle of all Peterbilt Class 8 truck models.
Bendix ESP and Bendix Wingman Advanced are key parts of the ever-growing Bendix portfolio of technology developments that delivers on safety, plus four other areas critical to fleets' success: stopping power, actionable information, reliability, and fuel economy. Bendix understands these considerations are more important today than ever, as fleets operate in a challenging new environment that includes CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability), rising fuel costs, and federally mandated reduced stopping distance and emissions standards.
Technologies such as Bendix ESP and Bendix Wingman Advanced do not replace the need for alert, safe drivers practicing safe driving habits, as well as continuous, comprehensive driver training.
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