The testing program for a new generation autonomous transport system at Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations in Western Australia is using Scania’s first autonomous truck in Australia. The first phase of the trial started in August 2018 and involves a Scania XT 8×4 autonomous tipper truck working separately from Dampier’s active operations.
Driving the latest Scania models on a trek across country Queensland gives us a picture of the future of trucking, from the driver’s point of view. Diesel News leaves most of the decision-making to the truck’s computer and gets a result.
If anything, the introduction of the Western Star 5800FE is an indication of a trend across the trucking industry. Truck operators are, finally, starting to really care about fuel consumption and will buy trucks accordingly. In the past some were fuel oriented and others paid lip service to lower fuel use, without wanting to compromise on truck styling and driver acceptance.
Looking at the International ProStar as it re-enters the Australian truck market, this is clearly an American truck and also clearly a modern truck, but there are also enough cues to the traditional design of trucks, to keep a retro feel. The US, it seems, will never move away from the maxi-brake, no matter how old hat it becomes. A modern electronic switch can have just as many failsafe systems.
Products specifically tailored to each application demonstrate Cummins resolve to optimise its engines to the specific requirements of customers in the B-double segment as well as those in the vocational sector. This is a complex and multi-facetted task, but according to Mike Fowler it is an essential element of Cummins’ ongoing commitment to giving its customers the best solutions for their specific needs.
Diesel News has featured many stories from Brian Weatherley over the years, this time we are looking back 18 years at his first story. 18 years ago Brian considered MAN’s then-new TGA. In this, his last feature, he considers the Lion brand’s progress in the intervening years and its future prospects.
It looks pretty certain that at the end of 2018 the Australian truck market will be breaking truck sales records all over the place. These numbers suggest the Australian economy is stronger than it feels for many working people, but confirmed by consistent economic growth results.
At the recent Australian Training Awards at the Sydney International Convention Centre Paccar achieved top status when it was recognised at the Large Employer of the Year for 2018. In accepting the award at the event Andrew Hadjikakou, Managing Director Paccar Australia acknowledged the employees and the company for their collective commitment to learning and development.
There’s nothing like a long-distance interstate trip for ferreting out foibles in a prime mover. Yet after a return run from Brisbane to Melbourne, Paul Matthei found very little to fault in the latest Mercedes-Benz 2658.
The release of the new 500 Series Standard Cab range may be seen as Hino’s great leap forward. The innovations in the new model range take the model well beyond its competitors in this market segment, in terms of electronic safety equipment offered as standard.