Mack Trucks on Monday, Oct. 1, announced it expanded its safety offerings for on-highway customers with the addition of Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, which 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 that provides audible warnings and active interventions to help reduce the potential for a rear-end collision. The system always is available above about 10 mph, even if cruise control is not set, and provides following distance and stationary object alerts.
The driver still maintains control of the vehicle and can add additional braking or steering inputs to help avoid or minimize the collision situation.
“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,” said Jerry Warmkessel, Mack highway product marketing manager. “The addition of Wingman Advanced provides another option for fleets and drivers to help improve safety on the road.”