“Every liter less helps.”
The Freightliner’s diesel engine features Bosch injection technology. The CRSN4 common-rail system ensures optimum performance, low fuel consumption, and reduced emissions.
At some point, heavy-duty trucks will also be largely automated and connected. The steering system will play a major part in achieving this. Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH, the world’s biggest manufacturer of power steering systems, already offers Servotwin®, the first integrated electro-hydraulic steering system for heavy-duty trucks (not installed in the truck presented in this article). This steering system allows precise steering actions at high speeds as well as comfortable truck maneuvering at low speeds. As Servotwin is developed further, it will bring to trucks many of the assistance systems that have already proved so valuable in cars. These include corrective steering interventions should the vehicle unintentionally leave its lane and a traffic jam assistant that relieves drivers of a lot of stress. It can also support an assistance function that determines how much steering has to be corrected to counter a sudden gust of wind, and actuates an electric motor to help with the maneuver.
Lower fuel consumption – the large-surface exterior mirror that increases drag is a thing of the past. On top of that, drivers have a much better view of what’s happening to the rear, even at night.
The days of fixed mechanical instrument clusters are over. Today’s displays can be adapted to the traffic situation and to the requirements of drivers and automakers. The extremely high-resolution display allows information to be presented more accurately.
The display unit is the central user interface for navigation and entertainment. Drivers can connect it directly with their smartphones, and in this way safely operate many apps on their truck’s touchscreen. The display’s design and interface dynamically adapt to the driving situation.
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