International was the first truck manufacturer to offer Bendix’s flagship collision avoidance system, which integrates radar, camera and the vehicle’s brake system, when the advanced driver assistance system was introduced in 2015.
“Bendix’s ongoing partnership with Navistar is built on years of shared commitment to driver, vehicle and highway safety,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president of sales, marketing and business development.
“In 2016, International broke new ground in North America as the first OEM to make collision mitigation technology standard on its then-new LT Series, and its positioning of Wingman Fusion as standard equipment on its complete line of on-highway tractors is both a point of pride for the entire Bendix team and another step forward alongside a true leader in our industry.”
Across North America, fleets of all sizes and applications have adopted Wingman Fusion in support of their safety efforts. Bendix works with each to help enhance roadway safety and put professional drivers in safer trucks.
“As part of our DriverFirst philosophy, we concentrate on consistently improving the overall driver experience, safety included,” said Jim Nachtman, director of heavy-duty marketing for International. “Partnering with Bendix to make Fusion standard on all of International’s heavy-duty vehicles makes for an important joint contribution to make North American roadways safer for everyone.”
Bendix Wingman Fusion combines and cross-checks information from sensors that are working together—not just in parallel—along with powerful computing. The combined technologies—radar, camera and brakes—create a system designed to assess situations faster and react earlier, while also helping reduce false alerts and false interventions.
By creating a detailed and accurate data picture, Wingman Fusion delivers enhanced rear-end collision mitigation, and adaptive cruise control, along with following-distance alerts, stationary-object alerts, lane departure warning, alerts when speeding, and braking on stationary vehicles—all while prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction that may result from multiple alerts sounding simultaneously.
Wingman Fusion integrates and advances a suite of Bendix safety technologies into a comprehensive driver assistance package capable of alerting a driver, as well as decreasing the vehicle’s speed significantly compared to previous systems. And because it is built on the foundation of the Bendix ESP full-stability program, Fusion also helps drivers avoid additional crash situations, including rollovers, loss-of-control and sideswipe crashes.
Event-based data, including video, can be wirelessly transmitted for driver coaching and analysis by fleet safety personnel. Other options include blind-spot detection that helps drivers address vehicles in their blind spots that may not be visible in their mirrors. The forward-facing camera of Wingman Fusion is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms.
“Over the past several years, fleets equipping Fusion have reported significant reductions in rear-end collisions—as much as 90%-- and decreased severity of those that did occur,” said TJ Thomas, Bendix’s director of marketing and customer solutions for controls. “And driver feedback has been positive, including higher satisfaction than with radar-only technologies, especially in terms of false alerts and interventions.”