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Trucking News Australia / July 29, 2014

A vision of some of the planned technology to be found in the truck of the future is going to be on show at the IAA International Truck Show in Hannover, Germany this September.

Next generation fuel injection systems, vision and radar sensors, vehicle ethernets, reconfigurable driver displays, wireless charging and high voltage connections are all to be included in the concept truck to be put on display by American component supplier Delphi at the show.

“Delphi is a leader in developing technology that commercial vehicle drivers expect while helping manufacturers meet current and future global regulations.” said Jeff Owens, Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer. “The latest vision and radar sensors, fuel injection systems and infotainment technologies featured on the Tech Truck will help CV OEMs develop green vehicles while helping drivers stay safe and remain connected”.

The new heavy duty fuel injection system goes beyond Euro 6 and pushes pressures over the current 2700 bar F2 common rail technology. The system will include an all new patented injection set-up for reduced emissions and improved efficiency.

A new High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) natural gas injector for heavy-duty engine applications, developed jointly with Westport will be included in the concept. There will also be a new modular common rail system, designed specifically for medium duty applications.

New vision and radar sensors based on, what Delphi is calling, ‘unique vision and fusion algorithms’, will include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning (LDW) systems, which are to become mandatory in the European Union.

An advanced Ethernet Connectivity technology will enable various electronics within the truck to communicate at a speed of 100 megabits per second.

The Tech Truck will include an infotainment system using radio functionality and internet access in a driver display system functioning on the Android operating system. The full-colour, high-resolution and entirely reconfigurable instrument panel displays key driver information within a 20º field-of-View using photorealistic 3D graphics.

Wireless device charging is also included in the concept truck, to recharge handheld devices used by the driver. It removes the need for a tangle of charging cords in the vehicle cab. Delphi has developed a multi-mode system, which includes a highly resonant technology to cover a full range of consumer devices.

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