Truck and Equipment Stand-Outs
More models –
Engineered and produced in North America, the 2006 Ford LCF has been
designed for truck users who appreciate the low-cab-forward design
advantages over conventional cabs – visibility, maneuverability,
operating ease, overall efficiency and basic economics, especially in
highly populated urban areas.
The new Class 4-5 LCF models come in gross vehicle
weight ratings of 16,000, 17,999 and 19,500 pounds, with wheelbases from
113 to 185 inches. Power is supplied by a Power Stroke 4.5-liter V-6 diesel
that delivers 200 hp at 3,000 rpm, with 440 pounds per foot of torque at
1,850 rpm, backed by a TorqShift five-speed automatic transmission with
Product line updated –
Sterling announced several updates to its A-Line, L-Line and Acterra trucks
and tractors, including a full lineup of front and rear proprietary axles.
The front axle design has been made more robust and
can provide up to 28-pound weight savings over similarly spec’d
competitive axles. Service and downtime is reduced because of kingpin
Rear axle offerings include single and tandem models
featuring a new design that offers up to 128-pound weight savings over
similarly spec’d competitive axles. Precision-cut gears have been
designed to ensure more torque is transferred to the wheels, as opposed to
being lost to friction.
The Cummins ISC engine, already available on the
Acterra, is now available on Sterling’s L-Line trucks. Among the
advantages offered by the ISC are improved performance with lower emissions
and reduced noise, enhanced reliability, reduced downtime and a long
Now available for all Sterling Class 7 and 8 models is
an enhanced, low-maintenance 12,000-pound taper leaf front suspension that
provides improved ride quality.
New conventional truck lineup – In one of the most significant new product introductions
in its history, Peterbilt unveiled its 2006 lineup of Class 8 conventional
trucks and tractors – the Models 379, 386, 385, 378 and 357.
The vehicles feature new technologies that improve
performance, reliability and serviceability, and redesigned operating
environments that optimize driver productivity, ergonomics and comfort.
Gauge and instrumentation reliability was
significantly improved with the introduction of multiplexed electronic
technology that improves communication between instrumentation and
components and systems, while greatly reducing the amount of wiring needed.
Peterbilt’s new Electronic Service Analyst (ESA)
tool allows service technicians to quickly and accurately monitor,
troubleshoot and repair the electrical system by isolating sensors and
New interior options, featuring precision fit and
finish, offer improved ergonomics, enhanced serviceability features and new
materials that blend functional durability with a luxurious look and feel.
The interiors feature improved lighting, five grab
handles for safe entry and egress, ergonomic pedal package with “dead
pedal” footrest, new gauge and instrumentation lighting, enhanced
HVAC system and standard passenger-side power window, with an optional
driver-side power window.
Peterbilt also re-styled the driver- and
passenger-side doors to enhance visibility. The window beltline (where the
top of the door meets the bottom of the window) was lowered and angled,
approximately 2 inches in the front and 1 inch in the rear to create about
a 17 percent improvement in ground strike visibility for the operator
looking through the passenger window. Officials noted that this brings
their field of vision closer to the vehicle and reduces the blind area.
New aerodynamic tractor –
Peterbilt has added another aerodynamic unit to its lineup. Model 386,
which can be configured either as a day cab or with the full range of
Unibilt sleepers, features a contoured sunvisor, side chassis fairings,
dramatically sloped hood, integrated headlamps, swept-back fender design
and form-fitted bumper.
Compared with its predecessor, Model 385-120,
aerodynamic efficiency was improved by 10 percent, or about a
0.3-mile-per-gallon increase in fuel economy, officials said.
The chassis design of the 386 made for a lower
radiator mounting, which allowed Peterbilt to lower the hood crown and
integrate a dramatically sloped hood that, in addition to improving
aerodynamics, increases forward visibility ground-strike by about 2 feet.
The repositioned front axle contributes to improved
weight loading capabilities and allows for a shorter wheelbase that, when
combined with the 50-degree wheel cut, reduces the wall-to-wall turning
radius by approximately 12 inches.
The new integrated headlamps provide better lighting
and longer life. The lighting design creates a higher intensity beam with a
broad, even distribution that increases forward lighting by 43 percent.
Improvements to the 386’s electrical systems
include multiplexed electronic technology for a significant reduction in
the amount of behind-dash wiring for improved diagnostics and
There have also been many other improvements for
improved serviceability. New interiors improve operator ergonomics, comfort
Heavier duty batteries standard – Peterbilt has made the new PACCAR Heavy Duty
Commercial Batteries standard equipment on all its vehicles.
The Dual Purpose Battery has 700 cold cranking amps
(CCA) and offers starting and reserve power to run accessory loads. It is
available in two-, three- and four-battery configurations.
The Starting Battery offers 1,000 CCA and is available
in a two-battery 2,000 CCA configuration for weight-sensitive applications.
This configuration is for Kenworth day cabs and 38-inch Kenworth AeroCab
Both batteries are designed to feature sturdy
construction, advanced technology and dependable power. The design
eliminates the need to add water, while forged terminal bushings help
prevent acid seepage and corrosion. Stainless steel terminal studs and a
leak-resistant cover help resist corrosion.
Electronic stability control for Model 387 – The Bendix ABS-6, a high- performance
anti-lock braking system, will be an option for Peterbilt Models 379, 385,
378, 357 and 386. The system will come in standard, premium and advanced
configurations. (See the “Brakes” section for details on Bendix
Disc brakes –
The latest Bendix/Spicer air disc brakes are available as an option for all
medium- and heavy-duty Freightliner Trucks, provided they are equipped with
proprietary front axles. The brakes offer several advantages, including
improved brake pedal feel, reduced brake fade (a phenomenon of decreasing
performance from heat build-up in drum brakes) and a simpler design
allowing for fast and easy servicing.
Noise abatement packages –
There are new noise abatement packages, designed to create a more pleasant
work environment for the driver, for Freightliner’s medium-duty and
vocational Business Class M2 106, 106V, 112 and 112V models, and Columbia
These latest packages combine existing noise reduction
options and features into convenient packages, expediting the ordering
process and providing complete noise abatement systems in one
Improvements have been made to help silence noise
traveling from the engine compartment to the cab interior and to reduce
engine sound traveling from the engine compartment to the outside
New Instrument Cluster –
The new instrument cluster for the Freightliner Century Class S/T and
Coronado vehicles has been designed to enhance reliability and provide
better gauge readability, while offering easier maintenance and increased
The cluster features eight gauges, including
tachometer and speedometer, and has the capacity to expand to 12 gauges.
Each gauge is individually removable, allowing for easier service and
decreased maintenance costs. Gauges can be added to the cluster without
reprogramming. All gauges, except for air pressure, are digitally
controlled for better reliability and accuracy.
It also features long-life LED backlighting, intended
to last the life of the vehicle. Warning indicators for low oil pressure,
high coolant temperature, low fuel level and high transmission temperature
are included in the gauges for faster evaluation of system issues.
New lease program for business class M2 – Freightliner Trucks has launched its BizLease
Program for its medium-duty Business Class M2 106 trucks. This new
financing package offers flexible payment options and low capital
investment, allowing qualified buyers to lease as many as five M2 106
vehicles with minimum advance cash requirements on 48- or 60-month terms.
Because the BizLease financing plan is a
“walkaway” lease program, customers have the option to purchase
the vehicle at the current fair market value or return the truck to the
dealer at lease maturity.
The BizLease program is available on qualifying 2006
model year Business Class M2 106 trucks with gross vehicle weights of
25,500 or 33,000 pounds.
Truck lessees are required to acknowledge specific
return conditions and a limit of 30,000 miles per year. However, customers
may purchase up to 20,000 additional miles, allowing for a 50,000-mile per
International Truck & Engine
Big bore engine –
International offered the first look at its new line of International brand
big bore diesel engines for Class 8 vehicles. The fully emissions compliant
engine, in the 11- to 13-liter range, is projected to debut in
International vehicles in the fall of 2007.
Development of the new engines has encompassed the
company’s Green Diesel Technology. This technology utilizes the
benefits of application-specific solutions using advanced air management,
selected fuel system application, proprietary combustion strategies,
electronic controls and optimized after-treatment solutions for lower
emissions and odor of diesel-powered buses and trucks.
The new International big bore engines will be offered
exclusively in International brand severe service trucks, regional-haul
tractors and long-haul tractors. Cummins and Caterpillar big bore engines
will continue to be offered.
The big bore engine launch is part of a strategic
agreement between International and MAN of Germany to collaborate on
design, development, sourcing and manufacturing of components and systems
for commercial trucks and diesel engines.
New engine-Allison automatic package – Now available is a new 350 hp Cummins ISM engine
rating for International 8600 vehicles with Allison 3000 HS (Highway
This transmission-engine combination is designed to be
a more lightweight package with easy shifting, improved acceleration and
more continuous wheel horsepower, while reducing operating and driver
Automatic transmissions reduce driver fatigue by
allowing drivers to concentrate on operating the vehicle safely,
particularly in urban areas or heavy traffic conditions, officials pointed
The low-cost Allison 3000 HS vocational model
transmission, designed for regional-haul and local pickup and delivery
applications, is available in both five- and six-speeds and has
80,000-pound gross vehicle or gross combination weights. It features
increased horsepower and torque capacity and includes a standard oil level
Technology upgrades for 9000 and 8600 Series – These 2006 model tractors will come with a
host of technology improvements for better control and enhanced ride.
Available on the 9000 Series will be the Bendix ABS-6
Advanced with RSP (Roll Stability Program) from Bendix Commercial Vehicle
Systems. It is an ABS-based (anti-lock braking system) traction control and
roll stability system that helps reduce the tendency for rollovers through
advanced sensing, automatic application of the vehicle’s brakes and
automatic engine dethrottling.
The system can detect a vehicle’s impending
rollover, often before a driver senses it, through a system of sensors,
including steer angle, yaw rate, wheel speed and lateral acceleration. The
sensors continually analyze inputs and make comparative calculations to
enable electronic intervention.
Ride improvements include a new front air suspension
and new Hendrickson HTB rear suspension. The combination of the two new
suspensions reduce weight of the 9000 Series by up to 350 pounds while at
the same time increasing driver comfort.
International 8600 Series upgrades include electronic
systems and technologies that can perform routine pre-trip inspections and
address “on-road” driver and truck security issues.
International’s telematic International Aware
Vehicle Intelligence system and DiamondLogic multiplexing application offer
two new features: a theft-deterrent system and a semi-automated pre-trip
inspection process. With the theft- deterrent feature, if someone releases
the parking brake without entering a predetermined code into the
dash-mounted system within a predetermined time limit, the truck will shut
The semi-automated pre-trip inspection process helps
the driver with the execution and documentation of the pre-trip inspection.
The driver enters the inspection data into the dash-mounted system where it
reaches the fleet owner in real time.
Other available features include a Park Brake Alarm,
which reminds the driver to engage the parking brake if he or she stop;
Driver Alert Switch, which allows a driver to contact his home base if
there is a need for assistance; and In-Cab Load Monitoring System, which
indicates the load on the rear suspension of the tractor so that loads can
be adjusted to weights compatible with the design specifications of the
Upgraded cabs, sleepers for 2006 8000 and 9000 Series – New amenities added to these trucks improve the
driver experience. Trucks include premium interior trim packages and
entertainment features, such as a DVD player and satellite radio.
New 2006 Models
– Kenworth announced a major product introduction with the launch of
its new 2006 Model T600, T800, W900 and C500 Class 8 trucks.
New instrumentation systems use a new multiplexed
design to provide enhanced reliability, serviceability and functionality.
Wiring behind the dash has been simplified and is color coded and numbered
for easier servicing. Robust, positive locking connectors help ensure the
durability of critical connections.
The new speedometer and tachometer cluster is
accompanied by large, 2-inch diameter gauges, standard with chrome bezels.
Also standard are an outside temperature gauge, engine hour meter, odometer
and trip odometer.
LED back lighting in the face plate and pointers makes
it easier to read gauges and see warning lights. Larger dash rocker
switches feature state-of-the-art LED indicator lights. Up to five
pre-wired, spare switches are optional.
DayLite Doors and power door locks are now standard
with electric window lifts standard on the passenger side and optional on
the driver side. Window, door lock and mirror controls are located on the
door for easy access.
Standard lighting is now better than any prior
combination of optional lighting and provides more and brighter lights in
key areas. The driver and passenger seats have both a dome light and task
light mounted over the door; a dome lamp is positioned on the rear
headliner; and under-dash, red lens lighting reduces glare from the floor.
Advancements have also been made in cab noise reduction, with
improvements of 20 percent.
Kenworth has incorporated other comfort and
convenience elements into the new trucks. The steering wheel’s
improved turn stalk adds intermittent wiper controls. The new pedal package
design uses a hanging throttle pedal and complementary brake pedal
placement for easier ergonomic operation. The center console has two
12-volt outlets, and a place to store a cell phone – all within easy
reach of both driver and passenger. Curved windshields are now
available for Kenworth’s 2006 Model sloped-hood W900, high-and-wide
hood T800 and C500 vocational trucks. A flat windshield remains available
for those configurations. For day cab applications, a large 17-inch by
36-inch rear cab window with sliding or tinted versions is now available.
Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with electronic stability
program an option – Kenworth is
offering the Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP (Electronic Stability Program)
system as an option on selected Kenworth Class 8 models. (See the
“Brakes” section for details on Bendix braking systems.)
Kenworth plans to offer the system starting with
specific short wheelbase tractors, such as fuel haulers, followed by other
tractor applications and on straight trucks, including concrete
mixers.It will also offer the full range of Bendix ABS-6 systems as an
option. This includes the Bendix ABS-6 Standard system and the Premium
system, which is available with automatic traction control.
PACCAR batteries standard –
Like Peterbilt, Kenworth has made PACCAR’s new Heavy Duty Commercial
Batteries standard equipment. (For details, see Peterbilt information.)
Volvo Trucks North America
16-liter Volvo D16 diesel –
The new Volvo D16 diesel is the most powerful engine available in North
America, with up to 625 hp and 2,250 pounds per foot of torque. Higher
torque means more power at cruise rpm: for every additional 200 pounds per
foot of torque, the D16 will produce more than 50 hp more at 1,400 rpm.
The engine, designed with the very stringent 2007 and
2010 EPA emissions standards in mind, has a standard oil change interval of
25,000 miles, while an optional cast aluminum oil pan with a 55-quart
capacity permits an extended oil change interval of 35,000 miles.
Features include the Volvo Engine Brake – an
integrated engine compression brake; Volvo Exhaust Pressure Governor, which
allows the engine to warm up quickly and maintain engine temperature at
very low idle speeds, thus saving fuel and money and reducing emissions;
the Volvo Pre-Heater, which heats the intake air for fast and reliable
engine startup in cold weather, minimizing white smoke; which Volvo’s
Vectro electronic engine management system, with additional engine
A standard electronic oil-level indicator allows the
driver to check engine oil levels from inside the cab.
Intelligent torque –
Volvo Trucks’ Intelligent Torque (I-Torque) – a feature of the
new Volvo D16 diesel engine – protects components from excessive
torque at low speeds by limiting engine torque output in startup gears. Too
much power at low speeds can cause wheel spin and excessive tire wear or
even damage drivetrain components.
I-Torque technology controls the amount of engine
torque delivered to the driveline in any gear. This also allows Volvo
Trucks to specify an optimized rear axle and suspension combination. So it
is possible to specify a lighter rear axle and suspension than would
otherwise be required.
I-Torque works by matching torque levels to
transmission gear ratios (the ratio of engine rpm to transmission output
rpm), to reduce tire wear and ensure the drive axle’s torque limit is
not exceeded. Torque is multiplied by a truck’s gearing, with
low gears multiplying torque more than high gears. I-Torque works on manual
or automated transmissions with any number of gears.
In operation, I-Torque senses which gear is engaged
through sensors on the transmission input shaft and output shaft to
calculate the current gear ratio. Depending on which range the gear
ratio falls into, the electronic engine controller will use its programming
to control the fuel supply to the engine, and thus its torque output.
Enhanced stability control standard on Volvo VN, VT – Volvo Enhanced Stability Control (ESC), an
advanced vehicle stability system that provides protection from truck
rollovers and jackknifes will become standard on Volvo Trucks North
America’s VN and VT trucks.
The system utilizes Bendix Commercial Vehicle
Systems’ Bendix ABS-6 with ESP (Electronic Stability Program). (See
the “Brakes” section for details on Bendix braking systems.)
Alternative-Power Medium Duty Truck Program – ArvinMeritor has entered into a new
alternative-power vehicle development program featuring an electric
drivetrain with Unicell, a medium-duty body builder.
The new electric drive vehicle, with a 16,000-pound
gross vehicle weight rating, will be equipped with a fully electric
drivetrain. It is expected to be ready for public demonstration next year.
The vehicle’s initial application is for pickup and delivery.
Company officials anticipate this type of
zero-emissions vehicle will become dominant over the next five to 15 years,
primarily due to reduced emissions in urban environments, but also because
of its lower energy costs and operations efficiency.
Caterpillar said it will meet the new, more stringent
emissions standards for on-highway engines with its ACERT technology. The
technology includes series turbochargers, variable-valve control, a
high-pressure multiple injection fuel system, Cat electronics control
systems and an oxidation catalyst.
To meet the 2007 regulations, all ACERT Cat engines
feature an enhanced combustion process called Clean Gas Induction (CGI),
closed crankcase ventilation system, and diesel particulate filter system
with active regeneration.
Mid-range engines also build on ACERT technology and
feature a high-pressure injection system and the closed crankcase
ventilation, with the addition of a variable turbine geometry turbocharger.
Engines with 500 hp or less will require one diesel
particulate filter; engines with 550 hp or more will require dual filters.
Cummins announced it will achieve the EPA’s 2007
on-highway diesel emissions requirements using its current cooled-exhaust
gas recirculation (EGR) engine technology and integrating the Cummins
This filter, developed and manufactured by
Cummins’ subsidiary Fleetguard Emissions Solutions, will reduce
particulate matter emissions by 90 percent from current levels. It is
designed to replace the existing vehicle muffler, adding minimal weight to
Service requirements for the Cummins Particulate
Filter can be extended as far out as 400,000 miles for line-haul
operations, minimizing the operating cost impact to trucking companies.
Cummins’ 2007 engines will also feature a
crankcase ventilation system from Fleetguard that virtually eliminates any
oil carryover from the engine.
Engines upgraded –
Detroit Diesel has modified its 14-liter Series 60 engine to increase fuel
economy by up to 1.9 percent in some applications, without impacting
performance or emissions.
Its Mercedes-Benz MBE 900 engine now offers
unrestricted ratings for the 7.2-liter version, covering 250-330 hp.
Previously, the 300 and 330 hp ratings were limited to fire and emergency
Ready for 2007 emission standards – Detroit Diesel said its Series 60, MBE 900 and MBE
4000 engines are poised to meet the stringent EPA 2007 diesel exhaust
These standards require that commercial heavy-duty
diesel engines comply with a nitrous oxide (NOx) level that is nearly 55
percent lower than today’s NOx emissions standard and 90 percent
lower than today’s particulate matter standard.
ArvinMeritor, Meritor WABCO
ArvinMeritor and Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems
announced their new Premium Hydraulic Braking System for medium-duty
(Classes 4-7) truck applications. The package includes Meritor
WABCO’s Hydraulic Power Brake (HPB) – the next-generation of
its hydraulic actuation and anti-lock braking system (ABS), and the Meritor
Quadraulic hydraulic disc brake. Combined, these two brake technologies
offer unparalleled stopping and performance capabilities, reported
The new HPB and Quadraulic disc brake offer numerous
benefits over current systems. Along with shorter stopping distances,
longer lining life, fewer aftermarket parts and single-source shopping,
drivers will have a pedal “feel” similar to that of a passenger
With the HPB’s parking brake Auto-Apply function,
when a vehicle’s automatic transmission is placed in
“park” position, the park brake will automatically apply. The
Auto-Apply will also function when the ignition key is switched off.
EBD (electronic brake force distribution) is a key
development of the HPB system. This function provides constant review of
the vehicle’s load status and monitoring of each wheel end.
Based on wheel slip observed by the HPB system during braking,
braking forces at the axles are automatically adjusted to achieve a
balanced, efficient use of the brakes. This results in improved stopping
performance and allows the vehicle to adjust for consistent brake feel
independent of the load.
With a fixed caliper opposed four piston brake, the
Quadraulic Hydraulic Disc Brake is designed to package within 19.5 x 6.75
inch and 22.5 inch wheel sizes. It is available in two piston sizes
– 4 x 64 mm. and 4 x 70 mm. – and provides performance and
maintenance benefits as a result of its particular design.
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with Electronic Stability Program
(ESP) is the only available anti-lock braking system (ABS)-based,
full-stability system with jackknife and rollover protection for trucks and
tractor-trailer combinations, according to officials. This is the third
version of the scalable Bendix ABS-6 platform, which was launched in
Key benefits of the Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP
include superior traction systems, leading-edge diagnostic and prognostic
capabilities and ease of maintenance.
The system is capable of recognizing and mitigating
potential vehicle rollovers, jackknifes and loss of control in a wide range
of driving situations. It is designed to detect a vehicle’s impending
loss of stability before the driver senses it and automatically intervenes
by selectively applying tractor and trailer brakes, as well as by
dethrottling the engine.
The ABS-6 Advanced system features several additional
sensors not found in competitive systems. Sensors monitoring brake
pressure, steering angle, load and yaw rate improve detection and speed of
In addition, performance enhancements like multilevel
sensing, tuning by OE configuration (wheelbase, suspension, wheel-end,
etc.), all-axle braking and individual corner braking improve the
system’s robustness and ability to properly match the intervention to
The ABS-6 Advanced with Roll Stability Program (RSP)
is an all-axle solution that helps reduce the tendency for rollovers. A
subset of the ESP system, the RSP can detect a vehicle’s impending
rollover, often before a driver senses, through a system of advance
sensors, including steer angle, yaw rate, wheel speed and lateral
acceleration. Like the ESP, the RSP also applies the vehicle’s brakes
and dethrottles the engine automatically.
ABS-6 is also available in standard and premium
configurations. ABS-6 Standard provides ABS control and robust diagnostic
capabilities, ABS-6 Premium adds Bendix Smart ATC traction control,
enhanced diagnostic and prognostic capabilities, and customization options
to the package.
Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems’ new
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for truck and tractor applications is
founded on the company’s existing E-version anti-lock braking system.
The ESC system builds on the already-established Roll Stability Control
(RSC) system and provides another level of vehicle control by sensing the
vehicle’s tendency to rotate and automatically applying the brakes to
reduce that risk.
While ESC is an added instrument in vehicle stability,
drivers are still the critical element in the driving equation, officials
ESC combines the features of the WABCO’s RSC
system with added yaw (rotational) sensing. This improves vehicle handling
and performance if there is an impending loss of control due to rotational
forces. These rotational forces may occur as a result of rapid lane
change, or cornering maneuvers on slippery surfaces.
Caterpillar is developing a complete line of fully
automatic, planetary, on-highway transmissions designed specifically for
vocational applications. They are based on existing transmissions that have
proved themselves in Caterpillar- articulated trucks.
When matched with a Cat engine, these new vocational
transmissions will deliver improved performance, fuel economy and
reliability while giving North American vocational truck owners another
choice in the marketplace, officials said.
The six-speed CX31 transmission will be compatible
with Caterpillar C11, C13 and C15 engines. The eight-speed
super-heavy-duty CX35 transmission will match with higher horsepower C15
ratings for on-highway vocational trucks.
TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING
The Airgo System is a constant tire inflation system
that features stationary hub components and a venting process that does not
jeopardize vital wheel end components.
Because it is a stationary system with no moving
components in the hub area, there is nothing to wear out, officials said.
This greatly reduces the risk of pressurizing and/or damaging the hub area
while significantly extending the life of the system.
The Airgo System’s removable expansion plug for
sealing the axle installs in less than two hours, does not require
specialized tools and is easily removed for periodic cleaning of the axle.
It is compatible with all hubcap configurations (oil and grease) and axle
specifications (pressurized and non-pressurized) so it can be quickly
serviced without special tools or equipment.
The Doran PressurePro Tire Pressure Monitoring System
continually monitors the air pressure in each truck tire. The traditional
tire valve stem cap is replaced with a sensor and pressure transmitter. An
in-cab display with a digital readout shows the air pressure of each truck
When tire pressure drops 12 percent or more, the
transmitter automatically sends a wireless signal to the display to notify
the driver – with both a visual and audible alert – of low tire
Installation is easy. The valve caps are replaced with
sensors and the monitor, which uses a standard two-wire electrical supply,
is mounted on the vehicle dash.
Stemco BAT RF
Stemco’s new BAT RF product line uses advanced
sensor technologies and radio frequency identification (RFID) to collect
and communicate critical data on vehicle mileage and tire pressure.
The AirBAT RF continually monitors tire pressure and
provides a quick “visual read” with lights indicating under- or
over-inflation. The AirBAT also signals precise readings to the HandBAT RF,
a handheld reader that collects and displays wireless data.
The TracBAT RF is a wheel-end-mounted electronic
vehicle mileage counter. This information is communicated wirelessly
through radio frequency to the HandBAT.
The DataBAT RF is personal computer software that
accepts downloaded data from the HandBAT for tracking and reporting.
The AirBAT is easily installed on any dual-tire wheel
Eaton has introduced its Eaton VORAD BackSpotter, a new
rear object-detection system designed to warn drivers they are approaching
an object behind the vehicle while in reverse.
The system features radar-based technology that is
effective in detecting objects under poor visibility conditions such as
rain, snow, sun glare and during the night when mirrors and camera systems
fall short in delivering the safety that customers demand.
The BackSpotter engages when the vehicle is in reverse
gear. It detects stationary and moving objects in an area up to 15-feet
wide by 15-feet long behind a vehicle.
When an object is detected in the coverage area, the
in-cab display unit illuminates the proper range indicator and sounds an
audible alert to warn the driver that an object has been detected. As the
object closes in, the next range indicator is illuminated.
Audible tones also coincide with one of the five range
indicators. The buzzer tone rate increases as the vehicle continues to
approach the object. The system also has an external back-up audible
alarm feature. BI
David Kolman is a veteran truck communicator, keynote
speaker and long-haul trucker. Commissioned as an Honorary Colonel on the
Kentucky governor’s staff for his work promoting traffic safety, he
actively participates in trade associations and reports news and
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