Product Reveals & Reviews
Focus On: A walk-around of the Hino XL8
Hino's new Class 8 offering, the XL8, has been in the pipeline for nearly a decade. It launched in 2018 and went into production in early 2019. It's not fancy, but it's solid and well built and was designed with the driver in mind. Equipment editor Jim Park takes us on a walk-around of the XL8 and it's new engine, the A09 at Hino's new manufacturing plant in Mineral Wells West Virginia.
Daimler’s Lane Keep Assist helps keep trucks in the lane
Lane Keep Assist, the first Level 2 automation technology from Daimler Trucks, isn't quite a self-steering technology. It's designed to help drivers battle crosswinds and uneven pavement geometry. It will keep the truck straight in a lane, but drivers still have to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. Equipment editor Jim Park filed this report from Oregon's Interstate 5.
Adaptive Cruise to Zero eases pain of stop-and-go traffic
Daimler Trucks' new Adaptive Cruise to Zero feature relieves the stress of stop-and-go driving by managing acceleration and braking automatically. It will even bring the truck to a full stop and then relaunch, all with no driver input. Equipment Editor Jim Park put it to the test in morning rush-hour traffic in Portland, Ore. He says it works like a charm.
Understand how Hyliion’s electric drive system performs
How does Hyliion's hybrid electric drive system perform? Equipment editor, Jim Park, took the 6X4HE for a spin around the city of Austin and reports on how the system generates its own electricity and then delivers it to the drive wheels. In the right application, Hyliion says it can deliver up to 15% fuel savings.