There are several types of systems and technological advancements in the auto industry, such as hybrid engines and safety equipment. With these technologies in the trucking industry, truck drivers and cargo companies will be safer on the roads, save fuel costs, and meet their deadlines more efficiently. Read on to look at the latest trucking technology.
Electric engines and hybrid technology has been popular in consumer vehicles for several years. As demand increases for big rigs to become eco-friendlier, this type of technology must be scaled to effectively power these large trucks. Wal-Mart has recently unveiled a hybrid drive system with a lightweight, carbon fiber trailer. Coupled with an aerodynamic design and more cargo space, this type of trucking technology could revolutionize the industry’s energy-reducing efforts.
A platooning system can help reduce collisions, improve truck-to-truck communication, and boost fuel efficiency. Two-truck platooning technology allows trucks to travel closer together—which can reduce drag and fuel consumption—but also reduce the chances of potential collisions.
Highway Pilot System
The Highway Pilot system, created by Daimler Trucks, is similar to an autopilot system. This technology combines various sensors, cameras, and radar to gauge a truck’s immediate surroundings. With the information this technology provides, the truck can safely drive itself. The truck driver can focus on other aspects of his job, such as plotting a route or filling out paperwork.
Using technology similar to that of the Highway Pilot system, 360-degree technology can help a truck driver avoid collisions and possible mishaps. The 360-degree technology scans the surrounding environment for safety concerns and notifies the driver so he can make appropriate adjustments.
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