February 7, 2020 12:00 PM, EST

Mack Granite Model to Include Enhanced Bendix Braking System

Mack Granite truckA 2018 Mack Granite dump truck at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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Mack Trucks will include enhanced brake-assistance technology in its heavy-duty truck line as part of a partnership with Bendix.

The Bendix Wingman Fusion gathers input from radar, video and the brake system to relay information to the driver. The Mack Granite model will include the latest generation of this brake system.

“Offering Bendix Wingman Fusion on our Granite model is just another example of Mack raising the bar by offering safety technology to help our customers mitigate the potential for accidents,” Construction Product Manager Tim Wrinkle said in a statement.

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Mack made the announcement Feb. 4 at the World of Concrete 2020 expo in Las Vegas.

Bendix’s Wingman Fusion system is heading into its second generation. This latest version has automatic emergency braking and an enhanced lane-departure warnings system. It also features improved following-distance alerts.

The new system can automatically brake if it detects a slow or stopped vehicle in the adjacent lane when changing lanes. It also has windshield-mounted cameras to warn the driver should a truck begin drifting outside the lane or off the road.

Also the system can organize alerts in order of importance when several arrive at the same time. A driver-facing camera can monitor behavior while the forward-facing camera can detect details such as speed limit signs. — Transport Topics

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