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Adaptive Cruise to Zero eases pain of stop-and-go traffic

May 23, 2019 by John Smith

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.

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Daimler’s Lane Keep Assist helps keep trucks in the lane

May 23, 2019 by John Smith

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.  

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Understand how Hyliion’s electric drive system performs

May 16, 2019 by John Smith

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.

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Focus On International’s LT Cab And Sleeper

November 5, 2018 by Jim Park
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Focus On International’s LT Highway Tractor Walkaround

August 29, 2018 by Jim Park
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Focus On Driving International’s LT Linehaul Tractor

August 2, 2018 by Jim Park
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Focus On Operating Mack’s LR Refuse Truck

July 16, 2018 by Jim Park

Mack’s latest refuse chassis, the LR model, is purpose-built for residential, one-operator refuse collection. It’s set up for left-hand or right-hand drive and single skilled operator could clear an entire street in a matter of minutes. Equipment editor Jim Park […]

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Focus On Driving Mack’s LR Refuse Truck

July 16, 2018 by Jim Park

Mack’s latest refuse chassis, the LR model, is purpose-built for residential, one-operator refuse collection. It’s set up for left-hand or right-hand drive and single skilled operator could clear an entire street in a matter of minutes. Equipment editor Jim Park […]

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Focus On Link’s Semi-Active Cab Suspension

July 6, 2018 by Dan Robinson

The Link ROI [Road Optimized Intelligence] Cabmate semi-active cab suspension has an infinitely variable damping rate, allowing it to adjust to conditions hundreds of times every second. In this video, Equipment Editor Jim Park talks to Link’s senior engineer about […]

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Chanje is Coming

March 5, 2018 by Jim Park

BROOKLYN, NY – Chanje is here. The Chinese-based vehicle manufacturer (pronounced “change”) has officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet. The initial rollout […]

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Focus On Cummins X12: Fights Above its Weight Class

February 28, 2018 by Dan Robinson

JAMESTOWN, NY – Cummins’ new X12 engine is slated to hit the street sometime early this year, probably shortly after its formal launch in February or March. The engine was introduced in August 2016 and I had a short drive […]

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Focus on Kenworth Zero Emissions Cargo Transport

February 28, 2018 by Jim Park

Kenworth’s Zero Emissions Cargo Transport (ZECT) is scheduled to go into real-world service in March 2018. It’s a hydrogen-fuel-cell powered battery-electric Class 8 and works and feels just like a diesel, only quieter. Equipment Editor Jim Park drove when the […]

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Cummins #28 Sets Speed Record… in 1952

January 3, 2018 by Dan Robinson

When Cummins entered its #28 Special racecar in the 1952 Indianapolis 500 Race, the company wasn’t looking to get into the racing business. It was trying to prove a point about diesel engines, and boy, did they succeed.

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Cummins’ New Little Brother: X12

January 3, 2018 by Dan Robinson

With ratings up to 475 horsepower and 1,700 lb-ft of torque, the X12 will be running with the big boys. The X12 is also nearly 1,000 lb lighter than the X15, so weight sensitive fleets will be looking very closely at this engine.

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Focus On… Volvo VNR Regional Haul

January 3, 2018 by Dan Robinson

Montreal, QC, ExpoCam: Jim Park put the Focus On Volvo’s new VNR regional haul model.