Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system with enhanced features is now standard safety equipment on the International Trucks LT and RH Series, and an option on the MV, HV and HX Series trucks.
International is the first North American truck manufacturer to offer Bendix’s Fusion active cruise with braking ‘Stop & Driver Go’ and new active steering with lane keep assist capabilities. Both options are available options for the LT and RH Series.
Bendix Wingman Fusion with Enhanced Feature Set gathers input through radar, video, and the vehicle’s braking system. By combining and cross-checking the information, Fusion is able to deliver enhanced autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and stationary vehicle braking, along with multilane automatic emergency braking, highway departure braking, and ACB Stop & Driver Go. The feature will automatically reengage cruise control after an ACB braking event if the vehicle is still above the vehicle’s cruise control set speed. Once at stop, if the driver applies enough throttle, then Fusion can re-accelerate the vehicle to the set cruise control speed so long as there is no object detected ahead.
Additionally, Wingman Fusion can provide full tractor braking when needed for an autonomous emergency braking event to help the driver mitigate a potential crash with the forward vehicle.
With Fusion’s multilane automatic emergency braking feature, the system will continue applying the brakes during an AEB event if the driver changes lanes and the new lane is also blocked on a highway. Its highway departure braking capability builds on the system’s existing lane departure warning technology to alert the driver and, if necessary, apply the brakes to slow the vehicle and further alert the driver if the system determines the vehicle has left the roadway unintentionally.
Other Fusion capabilities include stationary object alerts, overspeed alerts and intervention, and lane departure warning – all while prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction.
Lane Keep Assist with information from Wingman Fusion will, upon detection of the vehicle drifting from its lane with no turn signal, provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back towards in-lane. At low speeds, the active steering system also dynamically adjusts torque applied so the driver will use less effort to steer the vehicle to aid in parking lot maneuvering, for example. Two distinct steering profiles are available that allow for a more customized experience for the driver.
The latest iteration of Bendix BlindSpotter side object detection system is also an option on the International LT and RH Series. When connected to the vehicle’s J1939 controller area network, BlindSpotter provides a 150-degree range of coverage capable of detecting objects up to 20 feet in front of and 20 feet behind the BlindSpotter radar. The coverage zone extends up to 10 feet to the right of the vehicle.