Mediumduty International DuraStar trucks can now be ordered with the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system

Medium-duty International DuraStar trucks can now be ordered with the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system.

Bendix Wingman available for DuraStar trucks

Navistar has added the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system as an option on its medium-duty International DuraStar line. Fusion is now available for order on the DuraStar and will begin production in June.

“Bendix introduced Fusion in 2015, integrating and advancing a proven, road-tested suite of its safety technologies – radar, camera, the vehicle’s brake system, and SafetyDirect by Bendix CVS – into a comprehensive active safety solution,” the company said. “Built on the foundation of Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system, Fusion offers full stability; collision mitigation – including stationary vehicle braking; lane departure warning; and overspeed alert and action.”

International Truck, a subsidiary of Navistar, said it is a strong supporter of Fusion. Navistar was the first truck manufacturer to offer the technology, making it available on its on-highway International ProStar trucks since the active safety system’s introduction at the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2015.

“The applications and needs of North American fleets and owner-operators are wide-ranging, but safety knows no weight or size limitations,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “We’re proud to provide Bendix Wingman Fusion for International, and to help drivers of their medium-duty vehicles – such as those in emergency services and construction – do their jobs more effectively, efficiently, and safely.”

According to the company, by gathering input through radar, video, and the vehicle’s brakes, Bendix Wingman Fusion helps drivers mitigate a variety of crash situations, from rear-end collisions and sideswipe crashes to rollover and loss-of-control events. Bendix added that data from the system can help fleets and drivers understand what occurred in a specific event and take steps to better address the issue in the future.

Fusion’s combination of sensors and video information, analyzed through powerful next-generation computing, creates a highly detailed and accurate data picture using deep, multi-system integration. The system realizes events sooner – alerting the driver and decreasing the vehicle’s speed up to twice as much – to help the driver mitigate potential collisions or lessen their severity, typically with fewer false alerts and interventions. Fusion’s camera is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with vision algorithms.

“Our uptime philosophy goes beyond our product quality,” said Bill Kozek, Navistar president, Trucks and Parts. “Uptime is also dependent on the safety of a driver during operation of our trucks, and our goal is to offer the most innovative solutions to prevent any disruption of an operator’s ability to fulfill their job.”

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