Navistar Makes Bendix Advanced Safety Tech Standard on Big Rigs

February 14, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Navistar International Corp. is integrating advanced safety technologies from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in all of its heavy-duty truck models as standard equipment.

The Bendix Wingman Fusion system includes radar and cameras integrated with the truck’s brake system to deliver driver alerts and intercede to avoid rearend collisions, rollovers and loss of control. Audible alerts to the driver are prioritized to avoid being distracting.

Other features include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and following distance and stationary object alerts. Blind-spot detection helps make drivers aware of vehicles that may not be visible in their mirrors.

The advanced driver-assistance system combines and cross-checks information from sensors that work together to quickly assess and react to dangerous situations. Data and video can be wirelessly transmitted for analysis by fleet-safety personnel and for driver coaching.

High Take Rate

Navistar has offered Bendix Wingman Fusion as an option on its LoneStar, LT Series and RH Series on-highway trucks since 2015. It is still optional on International’s medium-duty trucks, including the MV, HV, HX and CV Series. Navistar also offers Wabco Holdings Inc. OnGuardACTIVE as an optional system.

“As part of our DriverFirst philosophy, we concentrate on consistently improving the overall driver experience, specifically safety,” said Jim Nachtman, director of heavy-duty marketing for International Truck.

Approximately 70 percent of LT Series produced in 2018 included a collision- mitigation system, Natchman said. The majority of those were built with Bendix Wingman Fusion. Companies often will make a feature standard to reduce assembly variation when enough customers buy it as an option.

Safety Trend

Moves like Navistar’s are becoming common across light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, said Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst with Navigant Research.

“It is a trend we will see becoming standard across the board within the next two years,” he said. “Lane-departure alerts and forward-collision warning are relatively low-cost, and the benefits are well proven.”

New heavy-duty trucks Hino Trucks North America will bring to the U.S. market later this year will be equipped with Wabco’s OnGuardActive safety system.

Daimler Trucks North America was an early mover in making advanced safety equipment standard. It introduced forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning as part of its Detroit Assurance 4.0 system on the 2017 Freightliner Cascadia.

The trucking industry spends $9.5 billion annually on safety, most of it for driver training, according to the American Trucking Associations.

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