Tagged With trucks

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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.

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Video: Imagine your job is to drive for a living. Not just through the city or the suburbs, but out on the highway over hundreds of kilometres, with dozens of tonnes of cargo. Now, imagine that the roads you're driving on are filled with very stupid people. This is what you have to put up with.

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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.

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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.

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As much as everyone is getting excited about Google's cute little autonomous cars, self-driving trucks are the most obvious — and probably easiest — beneficiaries of autonomous tech. To prove this, a "platoon" of connected trucks from six brands completed a 2092km trip across Europe.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.