For more information, contact:
Barbara Gould or Ken Kesegich
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC Marcus Thomas LLC
(440) 329-9609 (888) 482-4455
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BENDIX® WINGMAN® ADVANCED™
ACHIEVES STANDARD POSITION ON KENWORTH T680
Truck Manufacturer Will Include Collision Mitigation Technology Beginning July 1
ELYRIA, Ohio – April 11, 2017 – Reflecting industry demand and growing recognition
of the positive impact driver assistance systems have on fleet and highway safety, Bendix®
Wingman® Advanced™ – A Collision Mitigation Technology will become standard equipment on
Kenworth Truck Company’s T680 models this summer.
“We couldn’t be more proud to see Bendix active safety technology achieve standard
position on one of North America’s most trusted, recognized, and innovative trucks,” said Scott
Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “Quality,
performance, safety, and reliability are the hallmarks of Kenworth and its T680, and Wingman
Advanced is an ideal complement that will enhance those aspects of Kenworth’s flagship onhighway
A radar-based collision mitigation system engineered to help drivers mitigate rear-end
collisions, Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers adaptive cruise control with braking, along with
autonomous emergency braking (AEB) technology. This proven system – with millions of onroad
miles – is built on the full-stability Bendix® ESP® Electronic Stability Program to create a
system that can help drivers in collisions, potential rollovers, and loss-of-control situations.
Kenworth made Bendix ESP standard on the T680 – as well as its top-tier vocational
model, the T880 – earlier this year.
“Wingman Advanced is a very popular fleet option on Kenworth’s Class 8 on-highway
trucks, and we’re pleased to offer it as a standard feature to customers purchasing new
Kenworth T680s as of July 1,” said Kenworth Marketing Director Kurt Swihart. “We share
Bendix’s commitment to creating safer environments for truck drivers and everyone who shares
the road, and adopting cutting-edge, established technologies that have been shown to improve
vehicle and highway safety is one way we continuously pursue that goal.”
Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge
active safety and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles, introduced Wingman®
Advanced™ in 2011.
Kenworth is a strong supporter of Bendix technologies: In addition to Wingman
Advanced and ESP®, the company offers Bendix’s flagship driver assistance system, Bendix®
Wingman® Fusion™, and the SmarTire® Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix
CVS on its T680 and T880 models. Wingman Advanced is also available on Kenworth’s
medium-duty T270 and T370, and the Bendix® ADB22X™ air disc brake has been standard on
all Kenworth Class 8 tractors and trucks since 2013.
Sensor-Powered Alerts and Interventions
Wingman Advanced provides warnings and active interventions using a front-mounted
radar sensor, and delivers following distance, impact, and stationary object alerts, all of which
are always available – whether cruise control is engaged or not. Once cruise control is engaged,
the system will actively intervene to help maintain safe following distance behind a forward
vehicle by reducing the throttle, engaging the engine retarder, or applying the foundation
Whether cruise control is activated or not, the system’s collision mitigation feature
provides additional interventions by first alerting the driver and then, if necessary, automatically
applying the brakes when Wingman Advanced senses a rear-end collision may be imminent.
The driver maintains control at all times, and can help avoid or minimize the collision situation
through additional braking or steering.
An innovative stationary object alert provides audible and visual alerts to the driver when
the vehicle is approaching a large stationary metallic object such as a car, steel drum, or other
metallic obstruction in the lane of travel. The warning is always available above 10 mph, and
gives the driver up to 3 seconds’ warning before a potential impact, assisting their response
The Next Level
Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™, built on Wingman® Advanced™ and Bendix® ESP®,
integrates the proven, road-tested suite of Bendix radar and brake system technologies with a
forward-facing camera to create a comprehensive, next-generation driver assistance system.
Kenworth has offered Fusion as an option since early 2016.
Fusion combines and cross-checks information from multiple sources to deliver
enhanced rear-end collision mitigation, braking on stationary vehicles, lane departure warning,
and overspeed alert and action. Wingman Fusion also helps drivers avoid additional crash
situations, including rollovers, loss-of-control, and sideswipe crashes, while prioritizing alerts to
help reduce driver distraction. The Wingman Fusion system camera is powered by the Mobileye
System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms.
With camera, radar, and other sensors working together, and not just in parallel, the
system realizes events sooner – alerting the driver and intervening faster – to help the driver
mitigate potential collisions or lessen their severity, with fewer false alerts and interventions.
Assistance, Not Replacement
“As advanced as Bendix technologies are – and even as we continue to evolve them
further – they are engineered to assist professional drivers, not replace them,” Burkhart said.
“Proper, ongoing driver training remains essential to improving highway safety, and nothing is
more important than safe, alert drivers exercising safe driving habits. Ultimate responsibility for
safe vehicle operations remains in the hands of the men and women behind the wheel who
keep things moving safely every day.”
Driver assistance systems are part of the ever-growing Bendix portfolio of technologies
that deliver on safety, plus other areas critical to fleets’ success. By improving vehicle
performance and efficiency and providing unparalleled post-sales support, Bendix aims to
strengthen returns on investment in equipment and technology, helping fleets and drivers lower
their total costs of vehicle ownership, and enhancing roadway safety.
Further Bendix insight on advanced safety technology development, driver assistance
systems, and commercial vehicle safety regulations – as well as a host of other product and
service-related content via podcasts, blogs, videos, and more – can be found in the Bendix
multimedia center at knowledge-dock.com. For more information about Bendix collision
mitigation systems, call Bendix at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit www.safertrucks.com/solutions.
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and
supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake
charging and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and
heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North
America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 3,000 people, Bendix is driven to deliver
solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Contact us at
1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit bendix.com. Stay connected and informed through
Bendix expert podcasts, blog posts, videos, and other resources at knowledge e-dock.com.
Follow Bendix on Twitter at twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts
at brake-school.com. And to learn more about career opportunities at Bendix, visit