Peterbilt adds Bendix system as option on Models 348, 337

Peterbilt Motors Company will offer Bendix Wingman Fusion – the flagship advanced driver assistance system from Bendix – as a factory-installed option on its medium-duty Models 348 and 337 beginning this fall.

“Peterbilt has long been a leader in safety for the commercial vehicle industry, and offering advanced driver assistance systems for medium-duty products is a further testament to that commitment,” says Kim Lawton, Peterbilt’s medium-duty marketing manager. “Driving uptime is one of our core missions and it is also a top-of-mind purchase driver for Peterbilt customers. Wingman Fusion helps reduce driver fatigue, increases uptime, and drives profitability for our medium-duty customers.”

“We know that every Peterbilt truck is designed to help protect not just the driver, but everyone on the road around them as well – and that’s a goal the entire Bendix team is proud to support with our leading-edge safety systems,” adds Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “Adding the proven technology of Wingman Fusion to their already high safety standards represents a strong move in the direction of safer roads across North America.”

Integrating and advancing a proven suite of Bendix safety technologies – radar, camera, and the vehicle’s brake system – Wingman Fusion has come standard on Peterbilt’s premier heavy-duty truck, the Model 579, since summer 2018. Bendix has partnered on collision mitigation technologies with Peterbilt for seven years, beginning with Bendix Wingman Advanced, the radar sensor-based predecessor of Wingman Fusion.

Fusion’s capabilities, according to Peterbilt, assist the driver in congested urban environments in which many of the company’s medium-duty customers operate. Bendix adds Wingman Fusion creates a highly detailed and accurate data picture using deep, multisystem integration, collecting input through radar, camera, and the vehicle’s brake sensors working together, and not just in parallel.

The system’s camera is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms. Integrating software and sensors together gives the system the ability to cross-check information multiple times per second, delivering a robust approach that can help drivers, fleets, and owner-operators strengthen safety in their operations, the company adds.

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