Photo: Peterbilt

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt is adding the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology to its medium-duty Model 337 and 348 trucks.

Wingman Advanced gives drivers alerts to take evasive action and will actively engage braking if the system detects an imminent collision. The technology is designed to improve safety and integrate with the Bendix ESP full stability system.

“This collision mitigation technology will enhance safety for our customers operating medium-duty trucks, which are often used in congested urban areas or jobsites,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer. “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 maintain a safe following distance through adaptive cruise control and to detect stationary metallic objects in darkness, fog, rain, smoke or snow.

The system will alert drivers with an audible warning when a hazard is detected and will also display the warning on an in-dash module that also acts as 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.

Bendix Wingman Advanced is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships. Bendix Wingman Fusion – a 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.