Looking for the answer too the question, why do tyres blow out? Well this survey, admittedly carried out in the UK, but still relevant to the Australian experience to a certain extent, can hint at the answers. Most of the time the tyres are under-inflated for one reason or another. They are either low on air because something has penetrated the tyre and air is leaking, or the tyre is simply under-inflated from poor tyre maintenance. There are other reasons for blow outs, these are overshadowed by the two above. Read more
The trucking world now has a wide range of smarter drivelines available in a wide range of trucks on the Australian market. We are used to the Europeans coming up with cutting edge electronics and offering the latest and greatest. Read more
This very interesting video shows genuinely shows us a trailer like no other. A number of these units have been designed and built by Ken Pitt, All Size Equipment Transport (ASET) Managing Director, and can be seeing plying their trade out the ASET base in South Australia.
Many people are not quite clear about how semi-autonomous truck platooning works? Here we have a simple video running through the basics. A lot of the technology being used here is common on new trucks in the market today. The smarts are in the way all of the data is integrated into one stream for the platooning controller to function and communicate that control down the line all of the other trucks simultaneously.
The Mack Anthem’s first outing at a truck show was at the recent Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Diesel News was there to see the new truck, to get a look and feel of the new model, before it heads over to Australia, some time soon.
Does this video give us our first real glimpse of a new Hino heavy for Australia? This presentation was made at the recent Work Truck Show, held in Indianapolis. A quick examination of the specifications of the vehicle suggests adaptation would be possible to give Hino a foothold in the heavier end of the medium duty and the lighter end of the heavy duty truck market.
It’s a nightmare scenario, road trains in narrow back streets. This time it’s in Brazil, but it does show us the sort of chaos which can ensue with uncontrolled use of inappropriate trucks in the wrong location.
The trucking industry needs more youth innovation in many areas. One of the initiatives we have coming up this year is going to see young design students engaging with the trucking industry to help come up with a campaign to get drivers better educated about how to behave around trucks.
There are some sensible truckies out there, it’s just that most of the time we only notice the problem members of the trucking community. This driver, Rod, is a case in point. He is producing well made and interesting videos and posting them on YouTube. His production values and human values look pretty good as well.