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TODAY'S

ENGINEERING

PACCAR REVEALS NEW AND
FUTURE TECH AT CES 2018
Although 2018 marked its first-ever
presence at the enormously influential
Consumer Electronics Show (CES),
Paccar made sure it fit right in with
the show's technology-and the
transportation-sector veterans-by
unveiling a pair of big-rig demonstrators
that show the way the multi-faceted
OEM plans to address expanding
interest in autonomous driving and more
environmentally conscious operations.
Some CES visitors may have thought
it incongruous to see tractor-trailer
rigs touting their high-technology
credentials, but this year's show in fact
was bursting with commercial and offhighway vehicles, service companies
and other affiliated businesses as it
becomes increasingly apparent that
many autonomy innovations, in particular,
may be first deployed in commercial
environments.

PETERBILT AUTONOMOUS
DEVELOPMENT TRACTOR
Based on Peterbilt's 579 model, an
aerodynamics-optimized on-highway
platform, the autonomous development
tractor incorporates a phalanx of cameras
and radars and lidar sensors to deliver the
potential for extended hands-off driving.
"Our main focus is on [SAE] Level
4 ADAS [advanced driver-assistance
systems] trucks," Wesley Slavin,
Peterbilt's Marketing Manager, OnHighway, told Truck & Off-Highway
Engineering during CES 2018. "Our
expectation is to still have an active
driver in the seat, but to give the driver a
reasonable amount of break time."
Peterbilt is convinced SAE Level 4
autonomy is ideal for over-the-road
trucking, Slavin said, because it can
reduce the burden of operating a vehicle
for extended periods. But perhaps
equally important, Level 4 autonomy has
the potential to significantly decrease
vehicle downtime, as the truck can
continue traveling while the driver

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rests. Level 4 autonomy will mean
regulators will be faced with examining
and potentially modifying current
laws regarding mandated driver rest
periods-including the definition of what
constitutes "rest," Slavin said.
"When regulators and the environment
adjust, we'll be ready to go," he said.
Peterbilt's autonomous development
tractor features a sensor suite of three
Velodyne lidar sensors-one in the middle
of the windshield's "visor" and one on
each side mirror-three forward-looking
cameras, a camera on either side of the
rig, two side-looking radar sensors and
front-facing radar.
Collating the input from the 11 sensors
is an Nvidia P2 processor. Another critical
part of the hardware equation is a ZFsupplied ReAX torque-overlay electric
steering assist. Slavin said Peterbilt did all
the hardware-integration work internally
at its laboratory in Denton, Texas.
For now, the company intends to use
the vehicle strictly as a demonstrator, but
Nvidia plans to test it, Slavin added.
The next phase for Peterbilt will be
to leverage the development of the
autonomous demonstrator to provide
new ADAS functions, such as accidentavoidance and lane-centering capability,
for production models. But an on-theroad pilot program for Level 4 autonomy
is "probably a couple years out,"
according to Slavin.
"I think the technology [for Level 4
capability] is there," he added. "There are
some algorithms and scenarios to work
through. Our goal is to make sure the
operator is safe-but everybody around is
safe, too."
"Technology is reshaping the
commercial vehicle industry, and we
have to be sure Peterbilt is on the front
line of those developments," said Kyle
Quinn, General Manager, Peterbilt
Motors Company, in a statement. "CES
is a melting pot of companies making
breakthroughs and pushing the envelope
in a wide variety of industries, trucking

Photo credit: Paccar

For Paccar's first-ever presence at the influential
Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the company
joined the show groove by displaying a Peterbilt
579 model modified for SAE Level 4 autonomous
driving capability.

included. This opportunity to showcase
Peterbilt's work is exciting."

KENWORTH ZERO-EMISSION
T680
Paccar's Kenworth unit displayed at CES
2018 an electrically-driven T680 day cab
developed and built to take part in the
Zero Emission Cargo Transport (ZECT)
demonstration project managed through
Southern California's South Coast Air
Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
Electricity is derived from a fuel cell
supplied with compressed hydrogen from
onboard storage tanks-and there are no
direct noxious emissions.
The truck's dual-rotor traction motor
develops 565 hp, making the truck
capable of carrying the legal GCWR
of a Class 8 tractor. Brian Lindgren,
Kenworth's R&D Manager, told TOHE that
the Ballard-made fuel cell generates up
to 85 kW, and its fully charged 100-kW·h
lithium-ion battery pack has enough
charged capacity for about 30 miles of
driving range. After that, the fuel cell
begins supplying electricity for tractive
drive and to recharge the battery.

By Bill Visnic, Editorial Director, Mobility Media,
SAE International

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Companies mine talent at CDS competitions
All quiet on the snowmobile front
Monash University a double winner at Formula SAE-Australia
A return to glory days?
Setting the record straight on Baja SAE technical inspection
Paccar reveals new and future tech at CES 2018
OA-X contender moonlights as AFRL testbed
Chevy unveils larger, lighter 2019 Silverado
Students get the spotlight at SAE Carolina Section meeting
SAE 101: WCX World Congress Experience
More U.S.-born faculty: a university responsibility
Dossier: Lauren Goulet of John Deere
Help yourself by helping others
Just announced: new student scholarships—apply by March 15
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