Isuzu step up to the telematics plate

It’s not until the dominant manufacturers get on board, that people start to take some subjects seriously. We saw it with electronic braking systems. Many truck makers offered it, but when Kenworth announced their EBSS options, the industry sat up and took notice. Now, Isuzu, the other dominant brand in the Australian truck market, have come up with a telematics package which moves away from the narrow ‘only fitted to our...

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New in Hannover

Once every two years the trucking world descends on Hannover for the IAA. This is, probably, the world’s biggest truck show and subject to a lot of attention. Global launches of trucks and trailers abound and everyone has something new to sell. This year, Daimler have introduced their Future Truck 2025 concept, the self driving truck in this video.   The show also sees the announcement of the Truck of the Year for 2015 in...

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Reduced Insurance Premiums

Here are a couple of demonstrations of how well the automatic emergency braking systems work on modern trucks. They use radar to identify a potential dangerous object in front of the truck and, after warning the driver, take action to ensure the truck doesn’t hit said object. Diesel has tested these systems and found them to be surprisingly effective, once you get over the feel of the truck as a computer takes over the braking...

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Looking at the future truck

A vision of some of the planned technology to be found in the truck of the future is going to be on show at the IAA Truck Show in Hannover, Germany in September. Next generation fuel injection systems, vision and radar sensors, vehicle ethernets, reconfigurable driver displays, wireless charging and high voltage connections are all to be included in the concept truck to be put on display by component supplier Delphi at the show....

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Trucks becoming obsolete

High flying claims by Amazon about replacing their truck based delivery systems with drone based delivery are a little far fetched but they do make for interesting viewing. As the number of drones increases around our cities, as the sky becomes filled with variations on the octocopter, air traffic control is going to become a nightmare. We are currently concerned about the safety issues around moving goods from A to B on land...

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What is C-ITS?

Slated to make the next quantum leap in road safety C-ITS, or Co-operative Intelligent Transport System, is to be trialled in trucks on Australian roads later this year. This follows a car-based trial in South Australia which is ongoing.   The truck trial will involve 30 trucks travelling up and down Mount Ousley between Port Kembla and the Hume Highway/Picton Road intersection. Trucks will be fitted with devices designed to...

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