Western Star Trucks, a subsidiary of Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA), has made a significant advancement in job site safety with its latest safety features for the Western Star X-Series, including models 47X and 49X. These new features mark a crucial step in improving the safety of vocational vehicles, ensuring that operability is not compromised.
Detroit Assurance with Active Brake Assist (ABA5), a comprehensive automated safety system, is now a standard inclusion across vocational models, benefiting all owners of 47X and 49X trucks, regardless of the powertrain. Furthermore, the X-Series introduces a factory-installed backup alert system, enhancing safety and driver comfort. This system includes a 7-inch integrated touchscreen display, a backup camera, and a reverse proximity sensor, all seamlessly integrated into the cab’s design.
According to Aaron Scates, vice president of vocational and medium duty market development at DTNA, “This is an important milestone in our pursuit of job site safety… The vocational market covers a broad spectrum of applications, and with these added safety features integrated into our cab and chassis from the factory, vocational owners and operators can feel at ease having the additional layer of safety, no matter the job.”
Expansion of Detroit Assurance: This suite of safety systems, previously limited to Detroit engines, is now available to all customers, including those with third-party engines. It includes features like ABA5, Side Guard Assist (SGA), Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent High-Beam, and Automatic Wipers and Headlamps, vital for enhancing safety at job sites.
Fully Integrated Backup Camera: The new system offers two options for backup camera installation. The camera pairs with a 7-inch touchscreen display supporting steering wheel controls, hands-free calling, USB-C, and Bluetooth connectivity. This display also includes GPS navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, minimizing driver distractions.
The introduction of this passive safety feature streamlines the installation process, reducing upfit time. An optional extension harness is available for specific body needs. This system is set to be available for ordering in spring 2024, with deliveries beginning later in the year.