Peterbilt officially announced production availability of Bendix Wingman ACB - Active Cruise with Braking -- as an option for its heavy-duty truck models.

The next generation collision-mitigation system was launched last year by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.

Bendix Wingman ACB offers forward collision warning and mitigation using full vehicle and braking system integration. Peterbilt announced its intent to offer Bendix Wingman ACB this year at the 2010 Mid-America Trucking Show. In July, Bendix Wingman ACB became available for immediate order on a range of Peterbilt models, including the new Model 587, with delivery beginning in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, the system helps the driver maintain a set following distance between the truck and the forward vehicle. With cruise control on and speed set, Wingman ACB will warn and provide active interventions - reducing throttle, engaging the engine retarder and, if necessary, automatically applying the foundation brakes to help the driver maintain the intended following distance. When cruise control is not engaged, the driver still receives the benefit of following distance alerts to let him/her know if he/she is getting too close to the forward vehicle. This can be especially helpful during those conditions when cruise control should not be used, such as inclement weather and heavy traffic.

Bendix Wingman ACB is built upon the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program, full-stability technology that helps drivers mitigate rollover and loss-of-control situations on dry, wet, and snow- and ice-covered roadways.