Bendix Wingman available for Peterbilt 579, 567 models

Bendix’s driver assistance system, Bendix Wingman Fusion, can now be ordered as a factory-installed option on Peterbilt Motors Company Models 579 and 567 highway tractors and vocational trucks.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems made Wingman Fusion available in 2015. According to the company, the system integrates a suite of Bendix safety technologies – radar, camera, the vehicle’s brake system – into a driver assistance system.

“Peterbilt has a long history of building the safest, highest-quality vehicles available for fleets and owner-operators, and Bendix is proud to support their commitment with the most leading-edge technologies on the road,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “With systems like Wingman Fusion helping the dedicated men and women behind the wheel across North America, our highways become safer for everyone.”

The company noted its Wingman Fusion combines and cross-checks information from multiple sources to deliver enhanced rear-end collision mitigation, alerts when speeding, and braking on stationary vehicles. Bendix Wingman Fusion also helps drivers avoid additional crash situations, including rollovers, loss-of-control, and sideswipe crashes while prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction.

Peterbilt dealers can order the Fusion system with the stand-alone Bendix BlindSpotter side object detection system with a single option code. The BlindSpotter technology – not integrated into the Fusion system – provides drivers visual and audible alerts when vehicles are traveling in the truck’s right-side blind spot.

“Fusion sets new benchmarks for accurate decision making,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer. “The optimized communication between safety systems working together takes driver assistance technology to a new level of performance.”

The Fusion system camera is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor. 

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