LOUISVILLE, KY. Kenworth Truck Co. will offer the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology as an option on select Class 8 models.
Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers adaptive cruise control with braking features along with collision mitigation technology, Kenworth said. It can help prevent collisions, rollovers and loss-of-control situations.
“Kenworth works with its leading suppliers on a continuing basis to bring beneficial product advances to our customers. Bendix Advanced Wingman is an excellent system that is expected to be of great interest to Kenworth’s on-highway customers,” said Erik Johnson, Kenworth on-highway marketing manager. “We plan to offer this system on the Kenworth T660, T680, T700 and T800.”
Wingman Advanced uses a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, delivering both warnings and active interventions when necessary. Alerts for following distance and stationary objects are included, whether cruise control is engaged or not.
According to Kenworth, when drivers utilize the adaptive cruise control with braking feature, the system will actively intervene by reducing throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes, to maintain a safe following distance.
The collision mitigation feature of Bendix Wingman Advanced provides additional interventions, whether or not cruise control is active, by alerting the driver and automatically applying the brakes to help decelerate the vehicle when the system senses a rear-end collision may be imminent.