Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Truck

Rugged rides of SEMA Show 2014 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

We've already looked at all the wild custom cars of the SEMA Show, but that was only half the story. For roughly every neon-lit, overpowered car on display, there was a jacked-up truck, makeshift off-road camper or heavily armored 4x4. The trucks and utility vehicles were every bit as much the story as the cars, and we tell it in this photo gallery.  Read More

Ford Vaughn Gittin Jr. street truck

When it introduced the vehicle earlier this year, Ford said the all-new F-150 was its "toughest, smartest and most capable ever," a line it's still eager to reiterate. With a few aftermarket tweaks, it can effectively add "most thrilling" to that list of superlatives. In preparing for next month's SEMA Show, Ford has previewed two F-150 special editions aimed at adrenaline junkies.  Read More

The quick charge system can operate 24/7, is compatible with Opbrid’s existing truck and b...

Transport solutions like Volvo’s Electric Hybrid bus present ripe opportunities for cities to reduce their carbon footprint. But while buses are a natural target for quick charging solutions, Spanish company Opbrid wants to see the reach of its Ultra-High Power charging stations extended to other types of commercial vehicles.  Read More

The new Direct Vision truck cab is designed to reduce blind spots

A UK team at Loughborough University is proposing a new cab design for lorries that would offer drivers a better view of the road around them, thus potentially saving the lives of pedestrians and cyclists. According to the researchers, the redesign of the cab could offer a 50-percent increase in front and side field of view, compared to traditional cabs.  Read More

Toyota's new Maker-inspired U2 concept vehicle

Maker Faires are not only places for do-it-yourselfers, innovators and inventors to share their latest and greatest creations with each other, but are also hugely popular with the general public. The Bay Area Maker Faire a few months back, for example, attracted 1,100 exhibitors and 130,000 visitors. Now Toyota is looking to capitalize on the buzz surrounding the Maker movement with a new Urban Utility concept vehicle called the U2.  Read More

Mercedes-Benz has developed a radar-based system that alerts the truck driver of imminent ...

Trucks today are big and getting bigger, and even with cameras and superior spatial awareness, the operators of these leviathans can never be totally aware of potential collision hazards, especially when turning. To help alleviate this problem, Daimler, the truck division of Mercedes-Benz, has introduced a radar-based system that alerts the truck driver of imminent collision danger from anywhere on the entire unobservable portion of the vehicle.  Read More

Sainsbury's Mercedes-Benz Antos 1824L with 360 degree video technology.

According to the London Cycling Campaign, lorries are involved in over half of cyclist fatalities in Greater London, despite the fact that they make up only 5 percent of the traffic. Fortunately, UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s may have an answer. The food giant has recently launched a lorry specifically designed with the safety of cyclists in mind.  Read More

The US Marines' autonomous vehicle has successfully demonstrated the ability to follow a p...

In a small taste of things to come in military operations, the US Marine Corps has tested a self-driving mini-truck as part of the 2014 RIMPAC international naval exercise.  Read More

On the road in the EEXP (Photo: Exploring Elements)

XPCamper, builder of one of our favorite campers of 2013, is back with an interesting new design. It drops a pop roof composite cube atop a truck chassis, freeing up room for toy hauling. The XPCube is optimized for taking your boats, bikes and boards as far out there as you want to go.  Read More

Volvo's I-Shift dual-clutch gearbox is the first of its kind for heavy vehicles

Dual-clutch gearboxes are not all that new in the car world, but that's not the case when it comes to trucks. Volvo is hoping to change that with its I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox, which it claims is the first of its kind for heavy vehicles.  Read More

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