ELYRIA, Ohio — A new video from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems takes viewers inside the cab of a truck equipped with Bendix Wingman Fusion, offering a detailed look at how the integrated collision mitigation system assists and benefits drivers.
In addition to covering Fusion’s capabilities, components, alerts and interventions, the video provides perspective on the development of the proven technologies behind the system, and explores the differences in the industry’s range of collision mitigation offerings, according to Fred Andersky, Bendix director of customer solutions, controls.
The in-depth video, “Driving with Bendix Wingman Fusion,” can be viewed online at Bendix’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/bendixvideos.
Complementing the overview is a second piece entitled “Fusion System Alerts — A View from the Driver’s Seat,” featuring the in-cab experience from the eyes and hands of the driver.
“With the evolution of driver assistance systems since 2009 and the continuing buildup about autonomous vehicle applications, it’s important that fleets — and especially drivers — get a clear picture of what to expect in terms of alerts and interventions from the technology in place on their vehicle,” Andersky said. “That’s why we bring viewers into the cab so they can see and hear how Fusion can help to make a good driver better, while reminding them of the importance of skilled drivers in collision and crash mitigation. It’s important that drivers are aware of the advancements since their operation may have vehicles with different types — or even different generations — of collision mitigation or warning technologies.”
Bendix Wingman Fusion was launched in 2015, but the video includes a look back at the evolution of Bendix collision mitigation technologies.
Andersky said this illustrates how the system integrates and advances a proven, road-tested suite of Bendix safety technologies — radar, camera, and the vehicle’s brake system — into a comprehensive driver assistance program.
Wingman Fusion gathers input through radar, video, and the vehicle’s brakes working together, and not just in parallel — to create a highly detailed and accurate data picture using deep, multisystem integration, setting it apart from radar-only systems. The system’s camera is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms.
“There’s a lot going on in Fusion’s ‘brain’ as it pulls in information about the vehicle and its surroundings, which is why we also felt it important for the video to explain how the system shares the most vital information, and to show exactly what a driver can expect in various situations on the road,” Andersky said.
With powerful next-generation computing capability processing and cross-checking data from multiple sources, Fusion typically assesses situations faster and reacts earlier, yet also reduces instances of false alerts and false interventions to near zero.
These new levels of safety performance and potential mean the system can alert a driver and decrease the vehicle’s speed up to twice as much as previous systems, helping mitigate potential collisions or lessen their severity, Andersky said.
In addition, unlike radar-only systems, Wingman Fusion offers braking on stationary vehicles, lane departure warning, and over-speed alert and action.
Fusion is built on Bendix ESP full-stability technology, which can also provide drivers with support to help them mitigate potential rollover or loss-of-control situations on dry, wet, snow- and ice-covered roadways.
In addition, with Bendix ESP as its foundation, Fusion helps drivers avoid sideswipe crashes while prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction.
“When you see the system at work, it becomes very clear that these safety technologies aren’t meant to encourage or enable aggressive driving, and that responsibility and control of the vehicle remain fully in the drivers’ hands,” Andersky said. “Highway safety continues to depend first and foremost on the safe habits of skilled, alert drivers and continuous, comprehensive training — and Bendix will continue to provide North America’s fleets and drivers with the leading-edge technologies that support their commitment to safe roads for everyone.”
Wingman Fusion is one component within Bendix’s ever-growing portfolio of technology that delivers on safety, along with other areas critical to fleet and owner-operator success, Bendix spokesmen said. “Through an emphasis on equipment reliability, performance and efficiency, as well as unparalleled post-sales support, Bendix aims to provide lower cost of vehicle ownership, increasing return on investment in the technologies that will improve everyone’s highway safety.”
For more information about Bendix safety systems, call Bendix at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit www.safertrucks.com/solutions.