New ideas for truckers
The 36th installment of Europe’s biggest truck show had a lot of innovation on display. These stood out.
Under normal operating conditions, a fifth wheel coupling requires about 10 kilograms of grease per year. Lots of it falls on the road, not only contaminating the environment but endangering other road users. Now Jost Equipment has a biodegradable grease in accordance with the OECD 301 B biodegradation test, which it exceeded to receive a rating of “readily biodegradable”, which means it degrades especially quickly. One less slick spot for a biker to slide on.
Steering trailer axles
BPW showed its Active Reverse Control steering system to make reversing trailers in tight spaces easier. The system comprises a control unit, a hydraulic unit and a steering cylinder with an integrated steering angle sensor.
Working only when the truck is reversing, the control unit uses sensor technology to detect the direction and angle of steering. BPW said the system does not require approval and is easy to install or retrofit to trailers.
Dynamic traffic guide
Continental will unveil the dynamic eHorizon, a system that uses detailed topographic route data and a GPS signal to monitor the delivery route for kilometres ahead and automatically adjust the vehicle’s driving style and speed to avoid grid-lock situations. The system updates every minute and uses predictive algorithms to initiate coasting, braking or downshifting when required. Continental said trucks with its static eHorizon have saved about 830 million litres of diesel, equivalent of over one billion euros, since 2012.
Hammer-proof tail lights
Ermax showed its Eternal Lights, which are LED tail lamps designed to withstand hammer blows. The LED light sources are protected inside a housing made of polycarbonate thermoplastic.
With 17 times greater impact resistance and an optical quality that exceeds the brilliance of glass, the Eternal Lights readily withstand the stresses of bumpy roads and the impact associated with shunts when parking.
Nine-speed box for MCVs
Allison Transmission showed its first nine-speed gearbox for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. A deep first gear ratio and the wide spread of ratios enable significant fuel savings as the torque converter locks early in first gear.
Taiwanese scooter company Gaius Automotive showed its electric utility scooters aimed at municipal workers and configurable for a variety of tasks.