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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

The audio package packs neatly into the Amarok's cargo bed

Forget using your pickup truck for hauling tools and supplies; load it up with speakers and DJ equipment instead. That spacious cargo bed "provides sufficient storage space for all the equipment needed for parties." So said Volkswagen's commercial arm when it brought the all-new Amarok Power concept to the Wörthersee GTI festival over the weekend.  Read More

The MINI Paceman Adventure concept

In a move that appears like a late April Fools' prank, MINI has revealed a pickup version of the Cooper S Paceman. The Paceman Adventure loses its rear seats in favor of a small bed and is beefed up for off-road driving. Useful or just plain weird – you decide.  Read More

The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, on the road

According to a report in Truck News, Walmart plans on doubling the fuel efficiency of its trucking fleet by next year. In order to show that it's not kidding around, the retailer has collaborated with Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailers, and Capstone Turbine to create a concept "truck of tomorrow" known as the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience – or WAVE.  Read More

The Track N Go system incorporates the vehicle's existing tires

You may think that your 4 x 4 with its lugged tires is pretty good in the snow, but it's never going to match the traction and flotation offered by a tracked vehicle. While systems such as those made by Mattracks allow users to replace their vehicle's wheels with tracks, AD Boivin Inc's Track N Go lets you simply add tracks onto your wheels when needed.  Read More

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