The latest iteration of Kenworth's advanced driver assistance system is now available on its T680 model trucks, the OEM announced in a press release.
The enhancements are part of the Bendix Fusion system and feature adaptive cruise control Stop and Auto Go. When a commercial truck follows a lead vehicle in cruise control, this enhancement enables the system to brake to maintain a safe following distance and would bring the truck to a complete stop, if necessary. When the truck can move forward, it will automatically accelerate to the vehicle's set speed without driver intervention and maintain a safe following distance.
If a truck leaves the roadway, the new "highway departure braking to zero" feature will provide an audible chime and apply braking. In some circumstances, the system may reduce the vehicle speed to a complete stop until the driver reengages.
"Driver-assistance systems play a key role in making commercial trucks easier and less fatiguing to operate," said Jim Walenczak, Kenworth assistant GM for sales and marketing. "These new features will complement safe-driving behavior and provide drivers more convenience operating in cruise control."
In addition to these new features, Kenworth is building upon its previous driver-assistance system offerings with improved adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and more. Kenworth's ADAS driver technology suite includes collision mitigation, designed to alert the driver to nearby vehicles and objects so preemptive braking action can be taken; lane-departure warning, providing continual monitoring of the truck's location to prevent lane drift; and side-object detection, alerting the driver with audible and visual notifications to help with safe navigation and lane changes.
Advanced driver-assistance technologies complement safe driving practices. No commercial vehicle safety technology replaces a skilled, alert driver exercising safe driving techniques and proactive training. Responsibility for the vehicle's safe operation remains with the driver.