LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kenworth’s latest high-tech concept vehicle focuses on security, safety and productivity.
Launched at the Mid-America Trucking Show, the new Kenworth T800 High-Tech Truck features biometric authentication, Global Positioning System (GPS)-based telematics tracking systems, Surround Electronic Vision System, Kenworth Night Vision, and high-intensity discharge headlamps.
Kenworth teamed with Heil Trailer International to produce a T800 High-Tech Truck specifically designed for bulk haulers, which typically transport cargo such as fuel and hazardous materials. Tractor and trailer systems are integrated so that they can electronically “communicate” with each other.
A key feature is a biometric authentication system, which checks a driver’s authorization to operate a specific truck within a fleet. When the driver’s fingerprint is identified by the truck’s computer it allows the driver to turn the engine one and operate the truck at normal traffic speeds. If the fingerprint doesn’t match, the vehicle can still be started but at much restricted horsepower, limiting operation to well below normal speeds.
The fleet dispatcher also receives an alert message via wireless communication that an unauthorized user is involved.
Meanwhile, Kenworth’s GPS-based telematics tracking system allows fleet dispatchers to track the movement of the truck throughout North America. The dispatcher receives information on the driver’s identity, adherence to a predetermined and authorized route, vehicle weight, and other data.
The concept tractor-trailer includes three cameras on the trailer, one rear view and two side-view. A curbside-view camera for enhanced blind-spot reduction is outside on the cab’s passenger side. The forward-looking Kenworth Night Vision, the fifth camera, can see 1,500 feet ahead, or about five times normal headlights.
The high-intensity discharge headlamps offer increased illumination on the road ahead for enhanced safety and decreased driver fatigue.
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