Kenworth technology demonstrator showcases security, safety
May 1, 2002 12:00 PM
SECURITY, safety, and productivity are the focus of Kenworth's latest high-tech concept vehicle. It was first shown at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, March 21 to 23, 2002.
“In today's world, it's imperative for truck manufacturers to push the envelope by providing fleets with effective security and safety technology,” says Ed Caudill, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice-president. “This new Kenworth T800 High-Tech Truck is a technological marvel. It has technology that could be part of a secret agent's repertoire — biometric authentication, GPS-based tracking systems, Surround Electronic Vision, Kenworth Night Vision, and high-intensity headlamps.”
Kenworth teamed with Heil Trailer International to produce a high-tech combination specifically designed for petroleum haulers. The 9,300-gallon, five-compartment, double-taper trailer has three video cameras for security and safety and Air-Weigh on-board scales, all of which are integrated with the tractor electonics. One camera is positioned curbside above the delivery outlets and Civacon ROM II overfill system.
“Bulk haulers are concerned about weight, so we've incorporated many lightweight features to help maximize payload,” Jim Bechtold, chief engineer for KW. “As a result, the tractor only weighs 13,900 pounds.”
The truck's key security technology is a biometric authentication system from Bioscrypt in Sherman Oaks, California, that checks a driver's authorization to operate a specific truck within a fleet. “When the driver's fingerprint is verified via a sensor, the truck can be started and operated at normal traffic speeds,” says Bechtold says. “Once behind the wheel, the driver inserts a finger into the sensor mounted in the dash panel. If it matches the fingerprint stored in the vehicle system, authorization is sent to the engine controller. If the fingerprint doesn't match, the vehicle can still be started. But it will have severely restricted horsepower, forcing the combination to run well below normal speed. The dispatcher also receives an alert that an unauthorized user has the truck.”
GPS-based tracking allows fleets to track a truck throughout North America. The dispatcher receives information on the driver's identity, adherence to a predetermined and authorized route, vehicle weight, and other data.
|Model:||T800 with Extended Daycab|
|Engine:||Caterpillar C-12 380 HP|
|Transmission:||ZF Meritor FreedomLine 12-Speed Automated Transmission|
|Front Axle:||Dana Spicer E1320i|
|Rear Axle:||Dana Spicer DSP40|
|Wheels:||Alcoa Aluminum Front: 22.5 × 8.25 inches Rear: 22.5 " 14 inches|
|Brakes:||Dana Spicer LMS Brake Package with 16.5 × 5 Front Brakes & 16.5 × 7 Rear Brakes|
|Front Tires:||Bridgestone R250F 295/75R22.5|
|Rear Tires:||Bridgestone X892Z 445/50R22.5 GREATEC Wide-Based Single Drive Tires|
An electronic vision system provides nearly 360 degrees of coverage around the tractor and trailer to enhance safety while moving and security while parked. The driver can view a flat-panel display screen in the cab that is fed by five cameras.
“There are three cameras on the trailer, including one rear view and two side-view,” Bechtold says. “A curbside camera help eliminate the blind spot on the passenger side. Forward-looking night vision uses the fifth camera to see 1,500 ft ahead, about five times the reach of normal headlights.”
To help make trips more productive, the vehicle information center provides information on fuel economy, loads, service, and maintenance. “With information center, the driver can also check current status through electronic tire pressure, electronic brake monitoring, and an Air-Weigh on-board electronic scale,” Bechtold says. “All these systems are fully integrated between the tractor and trailer. The system also offers two-way wireless email messaging.”
Kenworth used Bridgestone's GREATEC wide-based single drive tires and Alcoa aluminum wheels on both tractor and trailer, reducing overall weight by nearly 600 pounds. Other lightweight components include the new AG380 air suspension, ZF Meritor FreedomLine automated transmission, and composite leaf springs. The high-performance brake system features Dana Spicer 16.5" by 5" front drum brakes. An MGM e-Stroke brake monitoring system is integrated into the vehicle information center.
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