New tech turned heads at expo
THE Australian population increases by one person every minute and 24 seconds. The freight task is expected to increase by 83 per cent by 2030.
That is a lot of trucks on our roads and whether the industry likes it or not, telematics and electronic work diaries will be an intrinsic part of the future.
Telematics was the name of the game at this year’s inaugural Megatrans expo in Melbourne. Obviously, with the NHVR’s presence at the show there were a number of companies present who have been working in concert with the body, or taking their products to them, with a view to the future and getting involved in the EWD side of trucking.
To this interested party, most offerings appeared easy to use and leave little if anything to chance. That said, if an entry is mucked up, there will be opportunities to rectify it.
Some of the telematics already here, or coming soon to a company near you, do have a bit of ‘Big Brother’ about them, to a greater or lesser extent. It’s the old story: do the right thing and you have nothing to worry about. On the other side of the coin, they also offer protection for the driver against an unscrupulous employer.
Truck manufacturer offerings were thin on the ground, with Isuzu and Hino the main players. They were joined by Renault and Sea Electric, who are offering fully electric drivetrains, a couple of which were installed in Isuzu product.
There was also the release of a Diamond Reo that we showed you in the last issue, and explore in more detail this week.
Let us take you for a walk through the show. . .
ON DISPLAY: Sea Electric’s new features got plenty of attention at Megatrans.