Future Trucks

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July 22, 2014

Video: ZF Innovation Truck Parks by Remote Control

An engineer uses a tablet app to maneuver a tractor-semitrailer-trailer. In response to transmitted signals, the tractor steers itself and pushes the trailers to match the instructions. See HDT's coverage of the event here.

July 10, 2014

Remotely Controlled Double-Trailer Rig Parks Precisely at ZF Demo

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.

July 7, 2014

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

May 13, 2014

Truck Platooning System Offers Fuel Savings Potential

Peloton Technology, Menlo Park, Calif., demonstrated its two-truck platooning system May 8 along a stretch of I-80 just east of Reno. The technology makes use of a forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to travel closer together than would normally be safe.

May 13, 2014

Video: Could Hybrid Multi-Copter Ease Congestion Grief?

A new military hybrid-truck-helicopter flew for the first time recently in the California desert. It's still early days and with a payload limited to 4,000 pounds, it won't replace tractor trailers anytime soon. But you can't help wondering ...

May 12, 2014

Safety Technologies: The New Frontier

From collision avoidance to cameras, from rollover prevention to analytics, technology is rapidly changing the safety landscape.

February 18, 2014

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.

December 9, 2013

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

October 24, 2013

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.

September 4, 2013

Coming to a highway near you: Driverless vehicles

Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge notes that she's now old enough that stuff from the science fiction books she read as a kid are increasingly becoming reality. No flying cars yet, but driverless cars are being tested, and trucks may lead the way -- literally.

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