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Paccar, one of the industry’s leading truck makers, has announced that the Bendix Wingman Advanced System will be standard on two of its big rigs, the  beginning mid 2017. The announcement was made on Wednesday, March 22 at the Mid-American Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fred Andersky, Bendix’s Director of Customer Solutions & Marketing who must have been thrilled by the move has since said that he believes it’s the only way to go.

“We need to help our drivers,” he says. “Our collision avoidance systems have a 70 percent chance of reducing rear-end collisions. And if the collision does occur, again, the collision avoidance systems can reduce severity of the accident by up to 70 percent.”

Prior to this, Peterbilt has been offering the Wingman Advanced systems on two medium duty trucks, the Kenworth T270 and T370.

The Bendix Wingman Advanced was first launched in 2011 and delivers adaptive cruise control with braking features as well as collision mitigation technology. Using a radar sensor placed at the front of the vehicle, the system can deliver warnings and, in some cases, actively intervene to help drivers avoid roll-overs, collisions, and loss-of-control situations. Drivers will get following distance and stationary object alerts which can help them maintain a safe distance when following a forward vehicle. The system can also actively intervene by engaging the engine retarder, reducing throttle, or even applying the foundation brakes.

The collision mitigation feature, meanwhile, can automatically apply the brakes to help decelerate the vehicle when the system senses an imminent rear-end collision. But it’s not just normal deceleration, collision mitigation can engage up to two-thirds of available braking power which is a lot more than the one-third available with adaptive cruise control with braking.

The National Highways Traffic Safety Administration estimates that rear-end collisions cause more than 1,700 deaths every year, leaving nearly half a million other people with severe injuries. The federal agency also estimates that about 80 percent of these fatalities and injuries can be avoided if vehicles are equipped with collision avoidance systems.

So, since 2015, the government through the National Transportation Safety Board has encouraged manufacturers to make collision avoidance systems standard on newly manufactured vehicles, both commercial and passenger.

Other than the Wingman Advanced, Peterbilt also offers the Bendix Wingman Fusion on some of its 2016 trucks, including the T680 and the T880 models.