Kenworth Truck Co. is making the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system available for the Kenworth T680 and T880. Bendix Wingman Fusion integrates and advances a suite of Bendix safety technologies – radar, camera, the vehicle’s brake system, and SafetyDirect by Bendix CVS – into one comprehensive driver assistance system.
Built on the Bendix, ESP full stability program, Wingman Fusion offers enhanced collision mitigation, lane departure warning, stationary vehicle braking, and overspeed alert and action. This combination typically enables the system to assess a situation faster and react earlier, alerting the driver and decreasing the vehicle’s speed by up to twice as much, while also reducing instances of false alerts and false interventions, according to Bendix.
When the system’s radar, Bendix Wingman Advanced, detects a large stationary object in the truck’s lane of travel, the Wingman Fusion compares the data from the radar with images from its forward-looking cameras to determine in a split second whether the object in the road is a vehicle. The system also uses its camera – powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms – to read posted speed limit signs and to constantly monitor the truck’s speed. The fleet can also integrate the driver assistance system with Bendix SafetyDirect, a web-based program that offers fleet operators videos of severe events, along with comprehensive fleet and driver feedback.