Camera, radar, brakes. Action. Mack’s new Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ driver safety system has been designed to deliver our most advanced safety system ever.
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Features of the new system include:
Trucksales writer Rod Chapman travelled to DECA’s Shepparton facility in central Victoria to test-drive the new tech and see first-hand how it can help drivers avoid or mitigate a collision.
Developed in collaboration with brake specialist Knorr-Bremse, the system launched in the US earlier this year. It has now successfully undergone local calibration and testing and is ready to deploy in Australia shortly as an option on the Titan, Super-Liner, Trident and Granite models.
Dean Bestwick, Vice President of Mack Trucks Australia, says the addition of the Bendix® system turns Mack's trucks into market leaders for safety.
"Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ integrates the latest camera, radar and braking technology to provide one of the most comprehensive and powerful driver assistance systems available on conventional trucks in Australia and NZ," he says.
"It goes without saying, this system will not replace an alert or skilled driver. Ideally these systems will never be needed but, when they are, you'll be glad Mack has your back."
The test vehicle for the day in Shepparton was a Mack Granite with day cab and a trailer with test rig. Chapman headed to DECA’s closed circuit to test the Stationary Vehicle Braking feature.
“Words can't adequately describe the feeling in the pit of your stomach when you're bearing down on a stopped car at 45km/h, with absolutely no intention of touching a brake or the steering wheel,” says Chapman.
“The system sprang into action with flashing lights on the dash-mounted Driver Interface Unit and an audible alert, before the truck took matters into its own hands and slammed on the brakes, pulling it up a few metres short of impending doom,” Chapman explains.
“It's a safety net that only has to work once to be worthwhile.”
Mack is now taking orders for trucks to be fitted with the system, with those trucks rolling off the production line from February next year, however unfortunately the system cannot be retrofitted.