Western Star adds vocational truck safety features

Western Star adds vocational truck safety features

The X-series vocational trucks will be adding a new active brake assist feature, among other options.

Western Star Trucks announced new safety features available for its X-Series vocational trucks, the 47X and 49X. Regardless of powertrain options, customers will get the Detroit Assurance safety suite with Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA5) as a standard feature. Owners can also opt for a factory-installed backup alert system, including a reverse proximity sensor, a 7-inch integrated touchscreen and a backup camera—which can either be mounted on the end of the frame or come prepared with additional harness length so customers can mount the camera wherever it best suits their needs.

Western Star says the backup camera’s touchscreen will also support steering wheel controls, hands-free calling, along with USB-C and Bluetooth connection. The interactive display will also come standard with GPS navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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“This is an important milestone in our pursuit of job site safety, as we now offer what should quickly become the new standard in equipment to improve overall operator experience,” said Aaron Scates, vice president of vocational and medium duty market development at DTNA. “The vocational market covers a broad spectrum of applications, and with these added safety features integrated into our cab and chassis from the factory, vocational owners and operators can feel at ease having the additional layer of safety, no matter the job.”

Orders for X-Series trucks with the backup alert system are set to start in spring, with deliveries arriving later in 2024.

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