ELYRIA, Ohio — Peterbilt is making Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology safety system standard on its leading on-highway truck beginning July 1.
“We’re excited to keep strengthening the relationship that Bendix technologies and the Peterbilt 579 have had since this trailblazing truck was launched in 2012,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “As a trucking industry safety leader, Peterbilt has always set high bars for safety, reliability, quality, and performance in its vehicles. The 579 is no exception, and Wingman Advanced in standard position will help Peterbilt continue to reach and exceed those goals.”
Bendix Wingman Advanced – a radar-based collision mitigation system that helps drivers mitigate rear-end collisions – is a proven technology with millions of on-road miles that delivers adaptive cruise control with braking, as well as autonomous emergency braking (AEB). It is built on the full-stability Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program, creating a system that can help drivers in collisions, potential rollovers, and loss-of-control situations.
Peterbilt has offered Bendix ESP as standard on most of its Class 8 tractors – including the 579 – since 2012. Wingman Advanced has been an option on its entire range of on-highway truck models for the same period.
“The pairing of our most sophisticated truck with Bendix’s cutting-edge active safety systems has proven popular with fleets and drivers over the past five years, so making Wingman Advanced standard on the Model 579 makes perfect sense from our perspective,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt’s assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “Like the team at Bendix, Peterbilt is always working toward safer trucks and safer highways, and is dedicated to embracing technologies that have been road-tested and shown to make a positive, measurable impact.”
Wingman Advanced was launched in 2011 by Bendix.
Burkhart noted Peterbilt and Bendix have a well-established partnership when it comes to braking and safety technologies.
In addition to Wingman Advanced and ESP, the truck manufacturer offers Bendix’s flagship driver assistance system, Bendix Wingman Fusion, on both the 579 and its vocational Model 567.
The SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS has been available as a factory-installed option on Peterbilt Class 8 tractors since 2014, and the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake has been standard equipment on Peterbilt Class 8 steer axles since 2012.
“Drivers across North America are on the front lines of highway safety day in and day out, and even the most effective, envelope-pushing system is no replacement for a safe, alert driver exercising safe driving habits, and being supported by proactive, ongoing training,” Burkhart said. “Our technologies are designed to assist – not replace – the men and women behind the wheel in doing their jobs as safely and effectively as possible, and to help ensure that everyone’s time on the road ends with a safe return home.”