Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has announced its 2018 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant, and useful new product announcements from last year.
The winners are published in the February issue. Awards will be presented during individual ceremonies at the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., March 5-8.
Each year, HDT editors spend a lot of time going to press conferences and combing through news releases on the latest new products for trucking. At the end of the year, they embark on a process to identify the very best of the past year’s introductions for the Top 20 Products.
Editors sifted through all of the new product announcements that appeared in the magazine or on the Truckinginfo.com website over the course of 2017 to winnow down the list. Products are chosen based on the level of innovation, ability to address significant industry issues, and potential benefit to the bottom line.
A panel of HDT current and former HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Emerging Leaders, and maintenance executives active in the Technology & Maintenance Council are then consulted to arrive at the final 20. This year the list includes 21 products because of a voting tie.
Entire vehicles are not included, and products must be commercially available or scheduled to become commercially available this year.
The resulting Top 20 products are listed in alphabetical order by company name:
- Accuride Rolliant Hub System
- Ancra Cargo Security Divider and Deck Board
- Carrier Transicold 35X
- Cummins X12 engine
- Daimler Trucks North America Detroit DD8 engine
- Dana lightweight driveshafts
- Eaton Cummins Endurant/Paccar Automated Transmission
- Grote Smart Guardian Trailer System
- Haldex Intelligent Trailer Control Module
- Hendrickson Traxx Rod
- Hyliion 6X4HE
- Jost JSK37USK air-release fifth wheel with sensor
- Kinedyne curtain-side solutions
- Mac Total Area Lighting Kit
- Marangoni retread for spread axle trailers
- Meritor 14X HE tandem drive axle
- Navistar A26 engine
- SmartDrive SmartSense for Distracted Driving
- Thermo King power management
- Truck-Lite Road Ready
- Wabco OptiFlow AutoTail