Bendix is making the Enhanced Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Enhanced Stationary Vehicle Braking (SVB) and Multi-Lane AEB capabilities of its Wingman Fusion with Enhanced Feature Set platform available for retrofit through the Bendix Upgrade Program, the company announced Wednesday.
The features can be added to trucks equipped with earlier versions of Bendix Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system on certain International Truck, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt and Volvo models.
Bendix Director of Marketing and Customer Solutions TJ Thomas noted the AEB and SVB enhancements "build on the original Fusion capabilities and allow for earlier detection, warnings, and – if necessary – interventions." Multi-Lane AEB was previously unavailable on earlier iterations of Fusion.
The upgrade can be performed by the Bendix network of Authorized Upgrade Centers (AUC), which includes dealers and distributors that facilitate the installation of the company’s advanced safety systems on existing vehicles.
“While Bendix upgrades are available across a wide range of vehicle makes, models, and years, each individual upgrade is engineered for a specific vehicle to ensure a proper fit and correct operation,” says David Schultz, Bendix director of aftermarket business development. “Although the upgrade process is generally a matter of a few hours, it’s highly technical work to integrate the new capabilities with the equipment already on a vehicle.”
Bendix says all upgrades are covered by the Bendix warranty program and supported by the company’s post-installation network of driver and technician training materials, VIN tracking, and access to its full complement of technical support resources and tools.