TECH TRUCK AGAIN RAISES THE INNOVATION BAR
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the third consecutive year, Kenworth is showcasing a new T2000 high-tech Truck here at the annual Mid-America Trucking Show.
“Our latest high-tech concept vehicle focuses on technologies that may be available as Kenworth production options within a year or less,” says Jim Bechtold, Kenworth chief engineer.
The new T2000 high-tech Truck with 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper features several key high-tech systems, including the new AES Fleetcom 2000 Communication System.
“AES is a telematics system using GPS satellite tracking and wireless cellular communications to allow fleets to remotely track the vehicle and its operating conditions over the data link,” adds Bechtold. “This system has been widely used in Australia and Europe. AES benefits fleets because they get reliable, accurate information on items such as miles traveled per day, fuel economy, maintenance requirements, vehicle performance, idle time, and hours of operation. The system benefits drivers by reducing the amount of paperwork they have to track and provide to their employer.”
Another new feature is the Xantrex 2,000-watt power inverter, which provides clean, 110-volt AC power to run the microwave, satellite dish, or other consumer electronics. Other key technology items include two vision-related systems. First, the Bendix XVision forward-looking night vision system extends the driver’s vision beyond the area illuminated by the headlamps.
As well, the Kenworth side-camera vision system displays a wide-angle view of the right-hand side of the vehicle by using a miniature video camera mounted to the roof and displaying the image on a video monitor mounted below the header. The camera system supplements the existing mirror and window visibility by providing a wide angle view of the right side for lane changes and turning tight corners.
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