Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines

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September 26, 2014

Daimler Trucks Shares its Vision of the Future
When Daimler Trucks revealed to the world the first truly autonomous on-highway truck, it was digitally camouflaged to prevent anyone, including competitors, from getting a close look at it. In Hanover, Germany, the day before the official opening of the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA), Daimler took the wraps of the truck and showed the worlds its vision of the future.

Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines
Westport Innovations says it's introduced the first generation of enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. This new approach to natural gas combustion technology is designed provide a "downsized" natural gas solution that is cost competitive while providing similar levels of power, torque, and fuel economy to a larger diesel engine.

Mid-Size Mercedes-Benz Van Arriving in Late 2015
<p><strong>Mercedes Vito van at IAA. The van is scheduled to come to the U.S. in about a year.</strong> <em>Photo: Jim Park</em></p> Following on the success of the Sprinter van in the U.S. market, Daimler plans to introduce a mid-size van sometime next year. The van made its debut in Berlin, Germany, in late July, but Daimler execs were coy on an actual release date for the American version of the van, saying only that it would be introduced in the fall 2015 in a MY 2016 designation.

Navistar Adds Lightweight Tremec Transmission
<p><strong>Last month, Tremec launched its redesigned 10-speed twin countershaft transmission for heavy-duty commercial trucks. </strong><em>Photo: Tremec<strong><br /></strong></em></p> Navistar announced it will offer the Tremec 10-speed manual transmission in its International ProStar model with the company’s 13-liter engine, for weight-sensitive applications such as bulk hauling.

Wabco Says New OptiPace Cruise Control is Tuned for Efficiency
<p><em>Graphic via Wabco.</em></p> Wabco introduced its OptiPace predictive cruise control system for trucks and buses, which uses on-board digital maps and proprietary algorithms to anticipate and adapt the vehicle's speed based on the road ahead.

SAF Holland Expands CBX Series Suspension Axle Systems
SAF Holland is expanding its offering of CBX Series air suspension and axle systems for trailers with the new CBX46 and CBX50 suspensions.

TMW Products Adds Integration with ALK Software
Several TMW Systems products will now integrate data from ALK Technology's maps and fleet management software.

Rand McNally Products now Integrate with TMT Fleet Maintenance Software
TMW System’s TMT Fleet Maintenance software will now be able to integrate with Rand McNally’s line of mobile fleet management devices to incorporate real-time information on vehicle fault codes and location.

EBE Develops New Mobile Software for Driver Paperwork
EBE Technologies’ Xpress Mobile Capture software allows drivers to submit and monitor the status of driver paperwork such as delivery, settlement and safety documents on a mobile device.

Skygo Dual Fuel System Approved By EPA
The Skygo duel fuel conversion system for Cummins ISX engines has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection agency.

Omnitracs Announces TMW Integration Features
Fleets using TMW Systems’ TL2000 transportation management system and Omnitracs’ thin client AS/400 integration and mobile computing platforms gain increased features and enhanced integration via new integrations.

In-Cab Camera System Adds Audio, Infrared and 3G
MiX Telematics has upgraded the MiX Vision in-cab video system to incorporate audio, infrared recording and a 3G cellular connection to improve clarity on incidents.

TRW’s New Steering Systems Improve Control and Efficiency
TRW’s new steering technologies, ReAX and ActivMode, are designed to improve control and stability in power steering and reduce power consumption in commercial vehicles.

New TRW Torsion Rod Design 30% Lighter
TRW’s new lightweight radius torsion rod for trucks is up to 30% lighter and has been optimized for vehicle manufacturers.

Peterbilt Trucks with Anti-Theft System Need a Code to Start
Peterbilt’s new anti-theft system for Model 579 and 567 trucks uses a passcode to protect vehicles from being stolen.

Falcon GXT2000 Tracks Assets without Power
The SkyBitz Falcon GXT2000 is a self-powered GPS tracker for locating unpowered assets over a cellular connection.

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