Peterbilt Motors Company has announced a range of new features for 2018, starting with the inclusion of Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ as standard equipment on the Model 579 built on or after July 1st 2018.
Through a unique combination of camera, radar and braking systems, Bendix Wingman Fusion provides a full set of collision mitigation technologies and driver alerts that greatly enhance driver safety.
The Bendix Wingman Fusion system is able to perform a variety of actions, including issuing driver alerts, reducing throttle, and – if necessary – applying the brakes. The system alerts the driver when cars stop abruptly in the truck’s direct lane of travel, advising them to slow down before automatically applying brakes to slow down the truck and mitigate collision. The system additionally alerts drivers when they are traveling over the posted speed limit, first issuing an audible warning signal at 5mph over, and then alerting and applying a 1-second engine de-throttle to get the driver’s attention.
Wingman Fusion further protects drivers by alerting them when they are traveling too close behind another vehicle or unintentionally changing lanes, indicating the driver may be distracted or drowsy. The system includes an alert prioritization feature to alert drivers of only the most crucial information during a mitigation event. This process can reduce driver distraction, allowing them to adapt as quickly as possible.
This technology provides information to assist drivers and fleet operators by storing it on board and transmitting video and data via the fleet’s telematics system to track and help train drivers, plus reinforce safe on-road driving practices.. After sending audible alerts to the driver, the Bendix Wingman Fusion system, via SafetyDirect, can forward information to the fleet operator. When a vehicle consistently travels over the speed limit or engages in dangerous behavior like abrupt starting and stopping, the fleet operator is notified to better assist drivers with information about how to help increase fuel efficiency and safety.
Also new is the availability of the PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, the lightest heavy duty automated transmission on the market, designed to work seamlessly with PACCAR engines and axles to increase fuel economy and truck performance.
“Featuring 1, 200,000 km oil drain intervals, the PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission when combined with the MX-11 engine, offers superior drivability, with industry-leading maneuverability at low speeds,” said Wesley Slavin, On- Highway Marketing Manager, Peterbilt Motors Company. “The transmission is the best in class for both drivability and weight, making it the best choice for heavy duty fleets and vocational trucks like the Model 567 and 520.”
Two further new options for Models 567 and 579 trucks include a safety alert switch and the pass-through seat. These features were designed with input from influential driver groups like the Women in Trucking Association.
Located in the sleeper control panel, the alert switch is an alarm that behaves like a panic button on a car, flashing external lights and sounding alarms when activated. This feature ensures that drivers parked at truck stops or other locations are able to alert others in case of an emergency.
“The alert switch is an example of Peterbilt’s commitment to driver comfort and safety,” said Wesley Slavin, On-Highway Marketing Manager for Peterbilt Motors Company. “This convenient alarm system provides drivers an extra layer of personal security.”
The pass-through seat was also introduced in response to customer input and is designed to help drivers when they are packing their vehicles. Located under the passenger seat, this convenient storage cabinet is accessible from both the inside and outside of the cab. The pass-through seat allows drivers to load the cabinet before climbing into the cab, and unload it once they are inside the truck, easing the physical strain when packing the vehicle.
As an insight into the future of trucking, Peterbilt chose the new PACCAR Innovation Centre to display current developmental projects, including a Level 4 autonomous truck and two Class 8 electric trucks.
The PACCAR Innovation Centre is coordinating next-generation research and identifying emerging technologies that will benefit future vehicle performance. Technology areas of focus including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), artificial intelligence, vehicle connectivity and augmented reality. The Innovation Centre is also accelerating partnerships in the development of electric and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains, as well as the deployment of big data analytics.
The PACCAR Innovation Centre facility includes space for vehicle testing and advanced manufacturing capabilities and was opened in the summer of 2017.