James Jaillet of “Truckers News'” sister publications “Overdrive” and “Commercial Carrier Journal” was in Germany recently for a preview of new trucking technology. Here’s what he wrote:
“Trucking’s future is digitized, electrified and connected.
“That was the message relayed by researchers and executives last week in Aachen, Germany, at a major global press event held by ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global supplier of axles, transmissions and steering components in both the automotive and trucking sectors.
“But the Friedrichshafen, Germany-based company did more than just talk about those three trends converging in the world’s trucking industry: It pulled the curtain back on a concept tractor-trailer designed from the ground up with those concepts in mind. ZF built the Innovation Truck 2016 to show off next-gen truck technologies it says will be vital to the industry’s evolution in the coming two decades.
“The futuristic combo will be on display at this fall’s IAA trucking trade show in Hannover, Germany, to give a worldwide audience a concrete view of the technologies tomorrow’s tractor-trailer will employ.”