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July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Remotely Controlled Double-Trailer Rig Parks Precisely at ZF Demo

The tractor’s steering and movement are remotely controlled by a man with special app on a tablet computer. It sends the pup trailer in the proper path, and the semitrailer and tractor follow along, guided by the ZF app’s computations. Photo: ZF Freidrichshafen AG

The ZF Innovation Truck demonstrates how a driver could walk along with a tablet or cell phone, telling the combination vehicle where to go. This could boost efficiency for fleets, the company said this week during a press event that also highlighted a new transmission that could be offered eventually in North America.

Tags: Fleet Efficiency, ZF Friedrichshafen, Remote Controls, Future Trucks, Transmissions, Longer Combination Vehicles, Global

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Shows Off Futuristic Tractor-Trailer

Turbine-electric powertrain and carbon-fiber trailer sides are not yet used in commercial motor trucks, but a concept Walmart tractor's COE layout and trailer's rounded nose hark back to previous times while at the same time evoking a "Jetsons" futuristic feel.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Walmart, Future Trucks, Concept Vehicle, Fuel Efficiency, Engines

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Project to Test 'Platooning' Trucks

A new Federal Highway Administration research project will test "platooning" two trucks with the goal of saving fuel and decreasing traffic congestion. The team will research partial automation for two-truck platooning, integrating vehicle-to-vehicle communications with adaptive cruise control.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Smart Highway, FHWA, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks

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