Kenworth Truck Company is expanding its availability of Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ – A Collision Mitigation Technology to include two models in the truck maker’s medium-duty line. The active safety technology will be a factory-installed option on the Kenworth T270 and T370 models.

A radar-based collision mitigation system, Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers adaptive cruise control with braking, along with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) technology to help drivers mitigate rear-end collisions. Since 2012, Kenworth has offered Wingman Advanced as an option on select Class 8 models.

Wingman Advanced is produced by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety and braking solutions for commercial vehicles.

“Expanding the availability of Wingman Advanced to Kenworth’s medium-duty vehicles is another vote of confidence in the system – and another milestone in Bendix’s long relationship with Kenworth,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “Fleets and drivers put their trust in Kenworth trucks, and Bendix is there with proven technologies that help everyone on the roads get to where they’re going more safely.”

Safety, Performance, Value
To help drivers avoid rear-end collision situations, Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ delivers warnings and active interventions using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle. The system provides following distance, impact, and stationary object alerts – these alerts are always available, whether or not cruise control is engaged.

When drivers engage cruise control and set speed, the system will actively intervene to help them maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle by reducing throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes.

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. The driver maintains control at all times and can add additional braking or steering to help avoid or minimize the collision situation.

Its innovative stationary object alert provides audible and visual alerts to the driver when the vehicle is approaching a large stationary metallic object, such as a car, steel drum, or other metallic obstruction blocking the lane of travel. The alert gives the driver up to 3 seconds before a potential impact, helping him or her to respond to the impending threat. The warning is always available above 10 mph.

“Our experience with Bendix Wingman Advanced on Kenworth’s Class 8 vehicles has demonstrated that it’s a proven system delivering performance on the road, data for the office, and a quick ROI for the fleet,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “Adding Wingman Advanced as a safety option for medium-duty vehicles makes good sense and gives our fleet customers and their drivers in that segment the opportunity to benefit from it.”

Bendix safety technologies complement safe driving practices and are not intended to enable or encourage aggressive driving. No commercial vehicle safety technology replaces a skilled, alert driver exercising safe driving techniques and proactive, comprehensive driver training. Responsibility for the safe operation of the vehicle remains with the driver at all times. The Wingman Advanced system is built on the company’s full-stability technology – Bendix® ESP® Electronic Stability Program – providing fleets with a system that can help drivers in collisions, potential rollovers, and loss-of-control situations. The Bendix ESP system will be standard on Kenworth Class 8 trucks in 2017, starting when the first phase of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) new stability mandate takes effect next August.

Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ is part of Bendix’s ever-growing portfolio of technology that delivers on safety, plus other areas critical to the success of fleets and owner-operators: reliability, performance and efficiency, and lower cost of vehicle ownership. Stronger return on investment in advanced equipment and systems encourages their adoption, improving everyone’s safety on the road.