Peterbilt and Bendix in medium duty

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Peterbilt has expanded the availability of Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation technology, now offering it as a factory-installed option on two models in its medium-duty line — Models 337 and 348. It’s been an option on the entire range of Peterbilt on-highway truck models since 2012.

The radar-based collision mitigation system delivers adaptive cruise control with braking, along with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) technology, to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions.

It 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, which 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.

Whether or not cruise control is active, the collision mitigation feature provides additional interventions 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 as necessary.

The stationary-object alert of Wingman Advanced provides audible and visual alerts to the driver when the truck 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 respond to the impending threat. The warning is always available above 10 mph.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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