Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), a leading provider of integrated wireless systems, applications and services to transportation and logistics companies, today announced at its Vision 2012 Management Conference the integration of additional on-board sensor messages from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix) to its Critical Event Reporting (CER) application. The integration of messages from the Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™, a collision mitigation technology, provides further benefits to fleets using CER to proactively improve safety performance, streamline driver training and help mitigate costly accidents. This newest third-party event trigger from the Bendix Wingman Advanced system is available immediately to new and existing Qualcomm Mobile Computing Platform customers.
“We recognize that fleet managers need to accurately monitor driver behavior behind the wheel and understand that dedicated adherence to safety is what keeps fleets on the road,” said Norm Ellis, vice president of sales, services and marketing for Qualcomm Enterprise Services. “Our work with the Bendix Wingman ensures that we can continue to help our customers operate the safest fleets possible and puts actionable information in fleet managers’ fingertips to help them succeed.”
The integration of the Bendix Wingman Advanced system is the latest expansion of Qualcomm’s product offering that includes technology designed to help enable safer driving practices. Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, the Bendix Wingman Advanced system helps enable safer fleet operation through always available warnings, active interventions and information. The system uses throttle reduction, engine retarder and brake application to decelerate the vehicle to maintain a set following distance. Wingman Advanced can help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions or help reduce their severity, particularly if drivers are momentarily distracted and the lead vehicle suddenly slows.
The innovative stationary object alert incorporated into Bendix Wingman Advanced provides audible and visual alerts to the driver when the vehicle is approaching a stationary metallic object blocking the lane of travel, such as a car, steel drum or other metallic obstruction blocking the lane of travel. The alert gives the driver up to three seconds before a potential impact, helping him or her to respond to the impending threat. The warning is always available above 10 miles per hour.
“Advanced safety technologies are essential tools to the commercial vehicle transportation industry. Bendix Wingman Advanced and Bendix® ESP® – the full stability system that serves as its foundation – are key technologies that help the driver deal with driving conditions that can change in an instant,” said TJ Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions - Controls group. “What’s important to remember, however, is that technologies such as Bendix Wingman Advanced do not replace the need for alert, safe drivers practicing safe driving habits, as well as continuous, comprehensive driver training.”
Through the integration of messages from Bendix Wingman Advanced, Qualcomm’s CER application extends beyond the vehicle cab to the back office, where driver and fleet managers can access a consolidated view of driver performance data from different third-party sensors and other related information, including hours of service. Displayed via an intuitive user interface through the CER application, the factual data is aggregated and captures real-time event information to help fleet and safety managers tailor operations while managing driver behavior.
The newest third-party event triggers from the Bendix Wingman Advanced system complement existing third-party application integrations with lane departure warning and roll stability triggers. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s CER application.
About Qualcomm Enterprise Services
Qualcomm Enterprise Services has provided integrated fleet management applications, services and platforms to transportation and logistics companies around the world for nearly 25 years. As the most experienced provider in the industry, Qualcomm Enterprise Services delivers end-to-end solutions to help fleets improve safety and compliance, fuel management, mobile asset management, operational efficiency and customer service. It tailors fleet management solutions to meet the needs of for-hire and private fleet operations of all sizes and with needs ranging from ranging from basic compliance management to the most sophisticated business intelligence. As a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, Qualcomm Enterprise Services is uniquely positioned among telematics solutions providers to innovate fleet management solutions that benefit from Qualcomm’s deep knowledge of mobile wireless technology and solutions. Backed by a global, 24/7, world-class technology infrastructure, Qualcomm Enterprise Services has established an unrivaled track record of customer service that extends long past the initial sale. For more information, please visit Qualcomm Enterprise Services’ website, new “Qualcomm Road Ahead” blog and YouTube Channel: Driving Ahead.
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