It is very difficult to judge how soon the electric truck myth will become a reality. When it does we can be sure it will change the trucking world completely, but it may take some time here in Australia.
With the ever increasing fitment of automated and automatic truck transmission, are those of us with the hard-earned skills involved in simply changing gear becoming RoadRanger dinosaurs? For those who haven’t been initiated in the dark arts of double de-clutching, this video shows just how much is involved in the skill.
Ever since the decision by Caterpillar to get out of the business of making engines for highway trucks there has been a group of enduring Cat fanatics who have kept the dream of driving a truck with a yellow engine alive. Here is the solution on offer for Caterpillar tragics in the USA, fitting remanufactured yellow engines into brand new ‘glider’ trucks.
This is an interesting video, all about designing driverless trucks, and specifically about the design of the Volvo Vera concept. This a typical concept design, made to look good in the media and not, necessarily a practical solution to the driverless truck problem.
After all of these years, Rod Hannifey’s initiative to save life with green reflectors has received some backing from the powers that be. In this video the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has come on board and put its support behind Rod’s great idea.
Here is a video associating trucking with Jimmy Barnes, using a truly great Australian icon to emphasise the down to earth Australian values which Mack Trucks continues to associate itself with. Jimmy is the perfect soundtrack for this kind of modern nostalgia for good old Aussie attitudes and philosophy.
The last few years have all been about safety, safety, safety and now Volvo has taken the unprecedented step of releasing video footage from inside the cab of a truck involved in a high impact collision, with the aim of reminding all drivers on the importance of putting their safety first.
Every year we have a series of adverts and news pieces online, on TV, radio and in the press about how to stop the Christmas carnage on our roads. The population of Australia hits the roads hard for the next few weeks and there are inevitably deaths.
Here we see a video about women changing trucking. If they are, it is a slow and painful process, working through the male domination which characterises our industry. This video first appeared on the SBS news show, The Feed.
It’s a sure sign Christmas is coming when the first Coca Cola Christmas truck video pops up on YouTube and this year it’s from Australia, caught by an observant couple somewhere unspecified, probably Sydney.