Peterbilt unveils product updates

John G Smith

Peterbilt has unveiled a series of updates for its coming model year of trucks.

The next generation of the Wingman Fusion collision mitigation systems will be standard on the Peterbilt Model 579 in the first quarter of 2020. That will give Peterbilt drivers access to features such as multi-lane emergency braking and highway departure braking.

Highway departure braking functions will sound an audible alert for the driver and will apply foundation brakes to reduce vehicle speeds by up to 32 km/h if the system determines the vehicle unintentionally leaves the roadway. Multi-lane emergency braking continues to apply brakes if a driver, in the midst of a collision mitigation event, steers into an adjacent lane that has another vehicle blocking the path forward.

Over-the-air (OTA) engine updates, meanwhile, will be available as of December for Model Year 2017 or newer MX-13 and MX-11 engines with an active SmartLinq subscription. Customers can request the updates through the PACCAR Solutions panel, while the PACCAR OTA mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Interest in Paccar’s 12-speed automated transmission continues to grow as well. It’s currently spec’d in about 60% of the on-highway Model 579 trucks, and can now be coupled to PACCAR MX-13 and MX-11 engines in light vocational applications.

The transmission can be coupled to the engines with up to 510 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque, and support gross vehicle weights up to 110,000 lb.

The light vocational configurations can be ordered now for delivery in 2020.

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Canadian Shipper, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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