Old Trucks Vs New Trucks

  Yes, it’s a silly ad pitting old trucks vs new trucks in an advert for Philips truck parts in the USA, but it also shows us how far we have come in little more than a lifetime. Truck traffic barely existed before the period between the First and second World Wars, the heavy lifting had been done by horses and trains up until that point.   Once trucks started top become a c competitive form of transport the whole...

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Road Safety Agenda

Here is Melinda Pavey laying out the road safety agenda for New South Wales in the next few years. Her job title is quite a long one, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. In fact, as she introduces herself and gives us her title, this is the only time she mentions ‘freight’.   There’s minimal mention of trucks and trucking, even though in the past few weeks it has been trucking which was the big baddie and said to be the...

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Last Mile Access

When the really big technology companies get involved with last mile access, you know things are going to change dramatically. The involvement of a global giant like Boeing tells us the technology and smarts are in place to radically change the world of the last mile of any delivery process.   Here the aeronautics specialists are building a autonomous flying vehicle capable of  carrying 250 kg over a distance of up to 30 km....

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Truck of the Future?

Is this the truck of the future? Or is it the truck of the past? It is, in fact, a futuristic prototype truck which was built well over ten years ago.   The Colani TUM Supertruck of 2006 was dubbed the ‘Innotruck’ and took the separated driving compartment concept to new levels. A powered aerodynamic lower module contained all the mechanicals of a conventional prime mover including a fifth wheel.   On top of this sat the...

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Extreme Truck Testing

This week’s video brings us an excellent example of some extreme truck testing from the Czech Republic. This sees a 4×4 Tatra climbing up and over a seemingly impossible obstacle, designed to show off the off road performance of these all terrain trucks.   Watching the truck make one attempt and bail out and return to the start position, shows us just how difficult this climb is. The driver has to be going at exactly the...

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Stuck In The Sand

Yet again in January YouTube is going to get full of videos of trucks stuck in the sand. It’s Dakar Rally time and the only globally televised truck race gets onto the TV and onto the web.   The headliners on the TV are the rally cars, specially designed to handle the ridiculously difficult conditions in the deserts and mountains of South America. Peru, Bolivia and Argentina are this year’s hosts as car, trucks, ATVs and bikes...

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