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November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla's Musk Teases 'Mind-Blowing' Truck Launch

Many questions regarding Tesla's much-anticipated electric truck are due to be answered this Thursday night at a press event in California. Photo: Tesla

In a weekend tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that the launch of his new, all-electric truck this week would blow onlookers' heads "right out of their skull."

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Elon Musk, Autonomous Vehicles

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Siemens Begins Zero-Emissions Highway Testing in California

Three different types of trucks are being tested: one battery-electric truck, a clean natural-gas hybrid-electric truck, and a diesel-hybrid truck. Photo: Siemens

Overhead power lines deliver electric power to test trucks on a stretch of zero-emissions highway being evaluated by Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District near Long Beach, California.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Future Trucks, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Smart Highways, TransPower, California, Battery-Electric Vehicles

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Volkwagen Truck and Bus CEO Andreas Renschler outlines the company's vision of tuture transporation at it Innovation Day summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: VW

Germany's Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group laid out its long-term plans for shaping the future of transportation this week at its Innovation Day Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany.

Tags: Emissions, Volkswagen, Navistar, Connected Vehicle Technology, International Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Test Mitsubishi Fuso's All-Electric Cabover

Mitsubishi Fuso's all-electric eCanter truck has a daily range of approximately 60 miles, based on configuration.  Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Three of the new all-electric trucks will be deployed in North America by UPS for testing and evaluation.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, UPS, Daimler Trucks North America, Future Trucks, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Cabovers, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Countries Should Act Now to Avoid Social Disruption from Autonomous Trucks

Countries should begin working together now to ensure smooth adoption of autonomous truck technologies, says a new report. Photo: Freightliner

A newly released report by the International Transport Forum says as many as 4.4 million truck driving jobs could vanish by 2030 as a result of autonomous truck technology.

Tags: Fleet Drivers, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology, Truck Drivers, Global

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Will Future Tech Have a Domino Effect on Fleets?

Although the use of electric trucks will likely rise in the coming years, diesel will remain the fuel of choice for fleets, said analyst Rick Mihelic. Photo: Mercedes Benz

Transportation analyst Rick Mihelic says electric powertrains and autonomous vehicles will only be the beginning of the changes fleets will have to deal with in the near-term future.

Tags: Fleet Management, Technology, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Engineers Eye Adaptive Cruise Control as Platooning Enabler

A new study found that adaptive cruise control systems can help maintian mobility, safety, driver comfort, and fuel consumption in platooning operations. Photo: Peloton

According to a new research paper published by the Transportation Research Board, adaptive cruise control has proven to be the best method of maintaining longitudinal vehicle control in platooning applications.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Cummins, Buses

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

October 3, 2016 - Industry News

Bosch Shows off Concept of Trucking Future at IAA

Bosch's VisionX project details what trucks and the driver's job may look like in a decade. Photo: Bosch

Bosch shared its vision of the truck of the next decade, and showed off its latest advanced technology, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.

Tags: IAA, Driver Assistance Systems, Bosch, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

September 21, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Shows Off Vision of Future at IAA Show

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show on Tuesday with the debut of its Urban eTruck. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, by focusing on the future of the urban city, with the unveiling of its Urban eTruck.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America, Concept Vehicles, Future Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Gauging Trucking’s Digital Disruptors

Respondents to an industry survey expect the most likely disruptor of the freight transportation market over the next few years will be Big Data.

No fewer than five technology-based “disruptors” to freight transportation were identified in a recent survey of carrier/3PL/broker, shipper and trucking supplier executives conducted by Princeton Consulting.

Tags: Stifel Nicolaus, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Drones, Information Technology, Future Trucks, Truck Platooning, Internet of Things

October 2, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Takes the Next Step Toward Autonomous Trucks

Daimler Trucks testing the first series-production autonomous truck on public roads. Photo: Daimler

In Germany Friday, Daimler Trucks is operating what it says is the first series-production truck to operate on an automated basis on the highway.

Tags: Daimler, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Shares its Vision of the Future

When Daimler Trucks revealed to the world the first truly autonomous on-highway truck, it was digitally camouflaged to prevent anyone, including competitors, from getting a close look at it. In Hanover, Germany, the day before the official opening of the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA), Daimler took the wraps of the truck and showed the worlds its vision of the future.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Global, Future Trucks, IAA

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, Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

February 19, 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 Vehicles, 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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