TRUCK FEATURES THAT HELP DRIVERS STAY SAFE
For companies investing in new trucks, safety is always a determining factor. That's why International will soon offer a number of enhanced features, including the latest collision mitigation technology, to help keep driversand those around themsafe.Read More
For companies investing in new trucks, safety is always a determining factor. That's why International will soon offer a number of enhanced features, including the latest collision mitigation technology, to help keep driversand those around themsafe.
Every year thousands of trucks are involved in rear-end collisions that could be preventable. To help drivers mitigate, or possibly avoid, these costly and dangerous incidents, International® ProStar®+ and International TranStar® trucks, as well as select vocational vehicles, now offer Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™a collision mitigation technology. The technology combines adaptive cruise control with braking, along with collision mitigation braking.
The Bendix Wingman Advanced system delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions or help reduce their severity.
This collision warning and mitigation functionality uses the Bendix® ESP® full stability system as a foundation, which can assist in both under-steer and over-steer loss-of-control situations. The integrated systems help operators negotiate the most common on-the-road situations (collision, rollover, loss-of-control) in a single feature package. And by building on a full-stability platform, all brakessteer, drive, and trailerare available and can be controlled as necessary to provide maximum braking power and a more even braking distribution.
"Full stability provides a critical foundation for Wingman Advanced because roll-only systems don't possess all the sensors and braking capability needed to interpret many conditions and respond appropriately. By integrating full stability, adaptive cruise control with braking, and collision mitigation, the Bendix approach can do more to help fleets and drivers in more situations," says TJ Thomas, director of customer solutions for electronics at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.
The system provides always-available following distance alertsregardless of whether or not cruise control is engagedand, if necessary, will also actively intervene to help drivers maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle by reducing throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes. Offering up to a three-second warning of any large metallic object blocking their lane of travel, these alerts are especially handy in difficult-to-see conditions like fog, rain, snow or smoke.
The ProStar+ can also be equipped with a number of other Bendix safety solutions, including a Bendix® all-wheel air disc brake package that not only meets the new reduced stopping requirements, but exceeds them. Also available is the AutoVue® lane departure warning (LDW) system from Bendix. AutoVue, the market-leading, vision-based Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System, alerts truck drivers if they inadvertently drift out of their lane. When this occurs, the unit automatically emits a distinctive rumble strip or other audible warning sound, alerting the driver to make a correction.
Another option for fleets interested in collision mitigation is the Meritor OnGuard™ Collision Safety System with Active Braking. This technology helps drivers avoid or reduce the impact of rear-end collisions by applying braking as needed. Sensors monitor the distance of the moving vehicle ahead, and when OnGuard detects a potential collision developing, it sends audible and visual warnings to an in-cab dash display. Additionally, the Meritor system's active braking can activate the brakes when unsafe distances are detected.
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