For most of Cape York, the remote peninsula north of Cairns that runs parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, the nearest major city isn't even in Australia, it's in Papua New Guinea. You know, where head-hunting was a thing up until a couple of decades ago. We just drove through it on the most challenging off-road trail down under.
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If you're going to take a photo of something as majestic as Italy's Dolomites, you'll want a camera good enough to capture it in all its beauty. A big one too. Like, a massive one. Unsatisfied with the options available, photographer Kurt Moser decided to build a big-arse camera of his own... into the back of a 4.5-tonne Ural truck.
Truckies have it pretty good, really. They've got their own network of CB radios to talk to each other. They've got Truck and Bus magazine. They've got truck stops. Now they have their very own podcast, about trucks, and it's from Australia's very own National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Podcasts aren't all Serial and This American Life, guys.
Autonomous vehicle technology is still in its infancy, which means that most self-driving vehicles still have a way for humans to take over when needed. But as Komatsu demonstrates with a design for a new autonomous dump truck, in some cases there are real advantages to eliminating humans altogether.
Video: To maximise profit, tractor trailers need to stay on the road for as long as possible. So to show off the performance and reliability of its vehicles, truck-maker Scania had 14 of its vehicles, manned by 90 drivers working around the clock, circle an empty airport for 24 hours straight to create a gigantic real-time clock when viewed from the air.
Despite the gloriously colourful screens used in devices like the new iPhone 7, monochromatic E Ink displays have remained a popular choice for devices like e-readers since they're cheap, durable and work fine in direct sunlight. It also means they're the perfect technology for turning trucks into in-your-face rolling billboards.
Backing into a parking spot is an impossible challenge for many drivers. How about backing up while also towing a trailer? That at least could get a little easier with a nifty feature on the upcoming 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup, called Trailer Reverse Guidance.
Video: Yeah, I'm not ashamed to admit this: I feel slightly less comfortable when I'm under a tunnel than when I'm not. It's not that I think that the tunnel will collapse on me - it's because I know the sky absolutely won't. This tunnel would put my fear into overdrive because it looks like it would totally collapse. It has no permanent support work and the entire construction process looks like piecing together Lego bricks. Yet it can support so much weight and still stand up.
Video: I don't know if these wooden planks can be considered a bridge or if they just constitute a poorly made death trap but I know that I wouldn't even want to walk on the thing. And yet, this guy drives a truck that's towing a boat over it! Nervousness alone would make me crash it right into the water below, destroying everything that remains of this so called "bridge" in Brazil.
Video: Oh man. This is one big baby. The Liebherr T 282 is one of the largest haul trucks in the world (it has the second largest haul truck payload capacity) and it's assembly process is so impressive that I would totally believe it if each one of these bad boys were Transformers that we've created and didn't want to tell anybody because the fourth movie sucked. The scale of this moving monster machine is just unbelievable, its wheelbase is 6m and its dimensions are 7m tall and 9m wide and 15m long.
It was one of the country's most beloved comic strips, but did anyone ever actually find the Peanuts gang entertaining? Of course not. But if Charles Schulz had taken a page from Takara Tomy and turned Snoopy into a transforming truck, his comic would have been even more enjoyable than Calvin & Hobbes.
Challenging Tonka's super-tough construction toys, this giant plastic dump truck (with reinforced steel axles) is engineered to be strong enough to withstand up to 180kg of pressure. This means you can fill it with a mountain of toys without having to worry about it breaking.
Video: Yeesh! The East Street train bridge in the small town of Westwood, Massachusetts, is becoming notorious for ripping off the roofs of trucks that are too tall to pass through it. The destruction is actually pretty impressive to see, I mean, a big truck basically gets flipped sideways while everything gets torn apart like a bag of trash.
Following in the footsteps of 22-minute long toy commercials posing as cartoons (like Transformers or Jem and the Holograms) DreamWorks Animation and Netflix are about to release a new series called Dinotrux starring what could be the most toy-friendly characters ever devised: construction vehicles that are also somehow robotic dinosaurs.
Here's a thought: Wouldn't passing a big truck be an awful lot safer if a video display on the vehicle's back showed drivers what was happening up front? The "transparent truck" concept isn't exactly new, but Samsung is now trying to bring the idea to life, with a prototype truck whose display-covered caboose transmits feed from a wireless camera.