LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kenworth Truck Co. is demonstrating a T2000 High-Tech Truck at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The vehicle, which has a 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper, features a number of high-tech systems such as the Fleetcom 2000 Communication System.
"Our latest high-tech concept vehicle focuses on technologies that may be available as Kenworth production options within a year or less," said Jim Bechtold, Kenworth’s chief engineer.
Fleetcom 2000 is a telematics system using GPS satellite tracking and wireless cellular communications to allow fleets to remotely track the vehicle and its operating conditions over a data link. Bechtold says the system is widely used in Australia and Europe.
KW’s T2000 also features a Xantrex 2,000-watt power inverter, which provides 110-volt AC power to run a microwave, satellite dish and other consumer electronics.
Other key technology items include two vision-related systems. The Bendix XVision forward-looking night vision system extends the driver's vision beyond the area illuminated by the headlamps. The Kenworth side-camera vision system displays a wide-angle view of the righthand side of the vehicle by using a miniature video camera mounted to the roof and displaying the image on a video monitor mounted below the header. The camera system supplements the existing mirror and window visibility by providing a wide angle view of the right side for lane changes and turning tight corners.
Also, the vehicle includes an Alpine DVD navigation system, which is available today as an option on Kenworth's on-highway, conventional models. The system allows the driver to enter a destination and receive visual and verbal directions, thus helping to keep the driver's attention on the road.
Additional specs include the Meritor FreedomLine clutchless automated transmission.