Truck tech makes splash at CES 2018

Interesting new heavy vehicle tech on show

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The heavy commercial vehicle industry has seen a huge amount of new technology arrive in recent times, and if this year’s CES show in the U.S. is any indication, it looks like a whole lot more tech is coming our way.

The CES (or Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas was the event where Toyota took the covers off the e-Palette (details here), while other vehicle manufacturers have also been lifting the lift on new ideas.

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Trucking Info reporter Jack Roberts was on hand at CES and says PACCAR has had some interesting new technologies to show.

PACCAR/Peterbilt/Kenworth at CES 2018:

Peterbilt is showcasing its Level 4 autonomous Model 579 truck, which was developed in partnership with Waymo.

Kenworth is also using CES to show off its hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered T680 day cab.

The truck uses compressed hydrogen gas and air to produce electricity that is then used to drive the vehicle.

Kenworth tell us the truck will initially have a range of 150 miles (240km) and the truck’s electric motor can output 565hp.

While TuSimple, a Chinese start-up, has displayed its Level 4 autonomous truck ahead of U.S. testing later in the year.

“The presence of commercial vehicles at such a high-profile consumer electronics show is a clear sign that the industry is rapidly moving toward a more tech-driven future.” Jack Roberts – Trucking Info

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