Kenworth Truck Co. introduced an Electronic Vision System (EVS) option for its Class 8 models at last month's Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.
The system features a video camera located curbside on the passenger side of the sleeper. The camera's image is displayed on a 6.5-in., high-resolution video monitor mounted to the cab header. KW said the curbside camera supplements existing mirrors and windows with a wide-angle view of the vehicle's right side to aid in lane changing, turning tight corners, pulling in and backing up.
The curbside camera can be ordered as a standalone unit or with another option, an Alpine DVD electronic navigation system.
The Alpine system enables a driver to input a destination, then receive visual and even verbal directions, which Kenworth said will help keep the driver's attention on the road.
The navigation system comes with an easy-to-use, pushbutton remote control. It can be handheld or operated from a dash-mounted cradle.
The curbside camera option is available on T2000 75-in. Aerodyne and 60-in. sleeper models; and on W900, T800 and T600 models with 86-in. Studio AeroCab or 72-in. Aerodyne AeroCab. The Alpine navigation system is available on T2000, T800, W900, T600 and C500 Class 8 models, as well as on the T300 medium-duty conventional.
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