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ATLANTA — Mack Trucks announced the addition of next-generation safety technology to the company’s models from the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.
Available on all Mack Anthem and Pinnacle models, the Bendix Wingman camera- and radar-based driver-assistance suite — which features collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning functionality — for its second generation adds improved automatic emergency braking as well as advancements in lane-keeping and driver awareness alerts.
“Safety is a key element that we are not losing sight of in this marketplace,” said Mack director of product strategy Roy Horton during an Oct. 28 media briefing at the show. “We know it continues to advance further and further, and will continue to do so in the future.”
According to Bendix, the updated Wingman system increases to 50 mph from 35 mph the speed from which it can slow the truck.
Roy Horton of Mack by John Sommers II for Transport Topics
A radar sensor embedded into the front bumper detects speed along with the distance and angle of an object in front of the truck, and combined with a windshield-mounted camera, can from a range of 22 degrees wide and 500 feet in front of a truck detect large metallic objects.
If the truck detects an object, the system delivers audible and visual warnings to the driver, who will be notified up to 3.5 seconds before impact, Mack said. If the driver does not intervene, the system will apply the brakes if the truck is traveling at more than 15 mph. The system’s “multilane” capability will also apply emergency braking if an object is detected after the driver maneuvers out of a lane to avoid a collision.
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