New tech turned heads at expo

Big Rigs - - CONVOY FOR A CIRE - Gra­ham Harsant

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.

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