Theorem Solutions CEO Stuart Thurlby believes augmented, mixed and virtual reality will change the way heavy vehicles are engineered and manufactured, as low-cost handheld devices become more commonplace.
The supplier has released a more advanced driver monitor for large trucks and buses that can be integrated into new vehicles or ones now on the road. Initially released for Japan, it will be expanding to North America and other markets in 2019.
Truck owners and commercial-vehicle suppliers are ramping up their safety efforts, making more advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) standard while looking at the potential benefits of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications.
The French manufacturer replaces the diesel engine with 1.5 cubic meters of batteries and two electric motors in the e12 compact wheeled excavator, which it promises to produce next year and bring to the U.S. market.
The companies are working together to study the benefits of platooning, recently driving three tractors pulling double 28-foot trailers down a public highway with unrestricted traffic. The vehicles used dedicated short range communications (DSRC) to maintain steady following distances.