Bendix safety technologies are options at Kenworth

OEM offers Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, and SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS on select Class 8 models.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC continues to expand its presence as the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies. Kenworth Truck Company plans to offer Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, and the SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS later this year as options on select Class 8 trucks.

Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers active cruise control with braking features, along with collision mitigation technology. SmarTire technology from Bendix continuously monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on a commercial vehicle to provide real-time tire status information to the driver or maintenance technician.

"Just as Bendix is committed to providing fleets, owner-operators, and drivers with highly proactive safety technologies, so is Kenworth, and the company's choice of Bendix solutions reinforces that dedication," said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president and general manager, Controls group. "We are pleased that Kenworth has expressed trust in Bendix to provide the leading, cost-effective technologies its customers have come to expect – technologies that will help them succeed in today's challenging CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) environment."

Bendix Wingman Advanced builds upon the company's full-stability technology – Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system – providing fleets with a solution that can help drivers in collisions, rollovers, and loss-of-control situations.

Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, Bendix Wingman Advanced– A CollisionMitigation Technology, 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. Above about 15 mph, this "always available" braking feature is ready to assist drivers – whether or not cruise control is active – by alerting the driver and automatically applying the brakes to help decelerate the vehicle when a rear-end collision may be imminent. The driver, of course, still maintains control of the vehicle 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.

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