GREENSBORO, NC (October 1, 2012) –Mack Trucks today expanded its safety offer for on-highway customers with the addition of a collision mitigation technology which can help avoid rear-end collisions, thus improving highway safety for all drivers.
Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology is now an option on all Mack Pinnacle highway models. The Wingman Advanced system provides adaptive cruise control with braking that actively intervenes to help drivers maintain a safe following distance by reducing the throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes to help avoid collisions or at least lessen the severity.
The system uses a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, which provides audible warnings, and active interventions to help reduce the potential for a rear-end collision. The system is always available above approximately 10 mph, even if cruise control is not set, and provides following distance and stationary object alerts.
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The driver, of course, still maintains control of the vehicle and can add additional braking or steering inputs to help avoid or minimize the collision situation.
“Safety is a top priority for Mack,” said Jerry Warmkessel, Mack highway product marketing manager. “Mack already offers one of the most advanced safety systems in the industry with Mack Road Stability Advantage (RSA), which is standard on all Mack Pinnacle models. The addition of Wingman Advanced provides another option for fleets and drivers to help improve safety on the road. This is an example of how Mack integrates technology to assist the driver.”