Kenworth offers truck camera system

| 9/11/2001

Kenworth introduced an electronic vision system option for its Class 8 product line this past weekend at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. The new system is designed to provide a wide-angle view of the truck's right side to aid in lane changes, turning tight corners, pulling in and backing up.

The vision system features a curbside video camera located on the sleeper of the truck's passenger side. The camera's image is displayed on a 6.5-inch, high-resolution video monitor mounted to the cab header.

The camera can be ordered as a stand-alone unit or with the Alpine DVD electronic navigation system, another Kenworth technology option. The option is available with the T2000 75-inch AERODYNE and 60-inch sleeper models; W900, T800 and T600 models with 86-inch Studio AeroCab; and 72-inch AERODYNE AeroCab with W900, T800 and T600 models.

The Alpine navigation system enables the driver to input a destination, then receive visual and even verbal directions, helping to keep the driver's attention on the road. The system comes with an easy-to-use remote control with push-button selection controls. The remote control can be operated in a dash-mounted cradle or hand-held for easy use.

The Alpine navigation system is available on Kenworth's T2000, T800, W900, T800, T600 and C500 Class 8 models, and T300 medium-duty conventional.

When the curbside camera and monitor are ordered with the Alpine navigation system, the driver simply pushes a button on the monitor to display either the camera image or navigation system image.