Kenworth T2000 High-Tech Truck Focuses on Upcoming New Products

For the third consecutive year, Kenworth is showed a new T2000 High-Tech Truck at the annual Mid-America Trucking Show.

"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 chief engineer.

The new T2000 High-Tech Truck with 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper features some key high-tech systems. Perhaps the most interesting new addition is the Fleetcom 2000 Communication System. "This 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 the data link," Bechtold said. The system information on items such as miles traveled per day, fuel economy, maintenance requirements, vehicle performance, idle time, and hours of operation.

The vehicle also has a new Meritor FreedomLine clutchless automated transmission and a Xantrex 2,000-watt power inverter to provides clean, 110-volt AC power to run the microwave, satellite dish, or 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.

Finally, the vehicle includes the Alpine DVD navigation system, which is available today as an option on Kenworth's on-highway, conventional models. The navigation system enables the driver to enter a destination, then receive visual and even verbal directions, helping to keep the driver's attention on the road. It features a flat-panel display screen and easy-to-use, push-button selection controls.

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