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MATS: Bendix Wingman ACB more widely available, now with stationary object detection

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bendix Wingman ACB (Active Cruise with Braking) is now available on International, Ken...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bendix Wingman ACB (Active Cruise with Braking) is now available on International, Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, Bendix announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The truck makers join Mack and Volvo in offering the active safety system, which provides collision warning and mitigation.

“These OEMs represent a significant presence in various segments of the commercial vehicle market, and Bendix is honoured that they are making our active safety technologies available to their customers,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix director of marketing, controls.

Bendix also announced its Wingman ACB now features stationary object detection. The new feature provides ‘always-on’ audible and visual alerts when the truck approaches a stationary metallic object such as a car, steel drum, or other object. The alert gives the driver up to 2.8 seconds of warning before a potential impact, Andersky explained, allowing the driver to take action to avoid the collision.

“By providing a warning for stationary objects, the driver can respond and brake, change lanes, or swerve to avoid the potential collision,” Andersky explained.

The company also announced fleets and owner/operators will be able to upgrade their Wingman ACB system as new features become available. For instance, it’s expected ‘always-on’ interventions will be offered later this year, and customers who already have Wingman ACB will be able to upgrade their system to include the new functionality. (Currently, audible and visual warnings occur at all times, but active braking only intervenes when the vehicle is in cruise).

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