Western Star 49X’s Industry-Leading Safety Systems

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Source: Daimler Trucks North America announcement

PORTLAND, Ore. –– The introduction of the new Western Star 49X means the vocational market can benefit from the technology, power and performance offered by the industry-leading Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems, the all-new Detroit DT12 Vocational Series of automated manual transmissions, and the enhanced Detroit DD15 Gen 5 featuring the Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services.

The Western Star 49X, when specified with Detroit engines, comes standard with the Detroit Assurance suite of active safety systems, offering unparalleled safety features for vocational applications.

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Detroit Assurance uses fused radar and high-definition camera technology to activate its state-of-the-art features including:

  • Side Guard Assist (SGA): Radar technology detects moving objects and pedestrians on the passenger side of the 49X that may otherwise fall in the operator’s blind spot and alerts them with both auditory and visual warnings, providing game-changing technology for safety on the job-site and on the road.
  • Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5): Always on, ABA 5 detects the distances to objects in its path, calculating speed, and determining if a warning or braking action is necessary. It also features full braking on stationary and moving objects, and when the signal from the radar and camera system detects a moving pedestrian crossing the truck’s path, an audible and visual warning occurs with simultaneous partial braking, followed by full braking if the driver does not react. ABA 5 is the only system available that works at speeds of 5 mph+, which makes it ideal for job sites and urban areas.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to 0 mph and Tailgate Warning: ACC is available with DT12-equipped 49X and automatically adjusts the truck’s cruising speed to maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles in its path, allowing it to remain in cruise control longer. If the vehicle in front stops, the 49X will also stop and hold indefinitely. If the vehicle in front moves, the 49X will automatically resume moving at a safe distance. Tailgate Warning will activate independently of the ABA 5 and ACC to ease driving in stop-and-go traffic and mitigate front and rear-end collisions.
  • Lane Departure Warning, which provides an audible warning to the driver if the truck leaves its lane without signaling.

“With Detroit Assurance, the 49X is equipped with the most cutting-edge safety innovations ever seen in the vocational market,” said Samantha Parlier, vice president of market development, Vocational segment, Daimler Trucks North America which produces the Western Star trucks. “Detroit Assurance can reduce the severity of collisions when they occur and contribute to safer job sites.”

The entire announcement can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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