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Mats: Kenworth to add Night Vision option

Kenworth Truck Company is adding Night Vision technology as an option for its Class 8 product line that can help drivers see 1,500 feet down the road, about five times further than a driver can see wi...


Kenworth Truck Company is adding Night Vision technology as an option for its Class 8 product line that can help drivers see 1,500 feet down the road, about five times further than a driver can see with standard headlamps, the company claims.

The Night Vision System, produced in partnership with Bendix, will be ready for the third quarter of this year, according to Kenworth chief engineer Jim Bechtold. The new technology option will be priced under $4,000.

“That’s less than the combined cost of most repair bills and downtime a truck may incur after hitting an animal, such as a deer, while travelling at night,” Bechtold adds.

The announcement makes Kenworth the first Class 8 truck manufacturer to offer an option for a factory-installed, infrared thermal imaging system specifically designed for commercial vehicles.

The Kenworth Night Vision System joins Kenworth’s GPS navigation system, as well as the curbside camera options introduced previously.


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