November 26, 2022

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The exhibit hall at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition has long served as an important venue for truck manufacturers, industry suppliers and technology vendors to showcase their latest products and share his vision on the future of freight transport.

This year’s event, which took place October 22-25 at the San Diego Convention Center, was no exception.

In fact, the exhibits at MCE 2022 stood out as a clear example of how emerging technologies, once seen as futuristic or mere fantasy, are beginning to make their way into the trucking industry.

On the equipment side, the showroom featured a handful of Class 8 trucks equipped with self-driving systems, as well as battery-electric models and a concept vehicle that demonstrated a variety of innovations designed to improve even more the efficiency of the transport of goods.

Seth Clevenger


Several truck manufacturers and their self-driving technology partners displayed road tractors equipped with sensors and software designed to eventually enable highly automated driving. Unlike previous self-driving truck prototypes, these vehicles featured more refined, production-ready sensor arrays that were not just bolted on, but built into the overall design of the vehicle.

Examples include a Freightliner Cascadia equipped with Waymo’s state-of-the-art self-driving technology and an International tractor with TuSimple’s self-driving system.

Volvo, Kenworth and Peterbilt displayed tractors with the Aurora controller and sensor stack tightly integrated with each vehicle.

The MCE showroom also highlighted the recent introduction of heavy-duty vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions in certain truck applications.

Several truck manufacturers showed battery-electric Class 8 tractors, not prototypes, but production models that fleets are ordering and deploying today.

At the same time, Peterbilt Motors Co. unveiled its SuperTruck II concept vehicle, designed to demonstrate technologies that can drive further gains in freight efficiency.

The truck, which featured an aggressive aerodynamic chassis design, a mild hybrid system to reduce demand on the diesel engine, plus a waste heat recovery system, a camera-based vision system and numerous other technologies and innovations, it was the result of an investigation. and development project co-funded by the US Department of Energy.

The MCE showroom also captured the pulse of technological trends in fleet management technology.

Industry technology developers showed attendees a wide menu of software and hardware options to better monitor and support their transportation operations.

In particular, vendors showcased driver training apps and video-based safety technologies designed to promote safer and more fuel-efficient driving.

Technology providers also illustrated how they are applying machine learning and back-office automation to help transportation companies further streamline their business processes and better position their businesses for the future.

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