Marketplace — Spring Roundup

Overdrive Staff | May 01, 2011

New roof fairings and chassis fairings headline the new aero features. The roof fairings are available on the 70-in. model high-rise sleeper and the 60- and 70-in. model mid-rise sleepers. The chassis fairings are longer and lighter than on previous models.

Two new aesthetic options, a one-piece windshield option and a Grand Touring trim level, are also available.


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PRO Navigation System

The 5550 PRO Navigation System features Junction View with Lane Assist, state mileage log, hours-of-service log and last-mile routing for road coverage on secondary highways. The Quick-Tabs feature includes navigational details such as distances to weigh stations, travel centers, rest areas and mile markers and includes more than 12 million standard points of interest and 33,000 truck-specific points of interest. It comes with three months of unlimited downloads from Cobra’s AURA Camera & Driving Hazard Database, which alerts drivers to locations of fixed speed and red-light cameras, dangerous intersections and known speed traps. The unit has a 5-in. LCD screen.

COBRA,, (773) 889-3087

Collision mitigation system

Bendix Wingman Advanced, a collision mitigation technology, uses a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle. The system delivers warnings and active interventions to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions. A stationary object alert system notifies drivers of metallic objects in the vehicle’s path, allowing three seconds for driver response before impact.

The adaptive cruise control with braking feature can actively intervene to help maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle by reducing throttle, engaging the engine retarder or applying the foundation brakes, the company says. Bendix is working on implementation with truck manufacturers.


GPS unit predicts traffic speeds

The Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND line of over-the-road GPS units offer historical and real-time traffic views. The historical traffic function is based on data compiled from accident reports, public sensors, weather, construction and local events. It predicts expected road speeds on most freeways and major highways in the United States.

The real-time traffic is available via a plug-in accessory, which includes lifetime traffic provided by NAVTEQ. The real-time function allows drivers to assess driving times based on traffic accidents or bottlenecks, and the units reroute trips accordingly.


TerraStar 4×4 vocational truck

The TerraStar 4×4 truck is designed for construction, utility, landscape and other off-highway applications. Its 300-hp, 6.4-liter MaxxForce 7 V-8 engine delivers 660 lb.-ft. torque and features a compacted graphite iron block for strength. The tractor features MaxxForce Advanced EGR emissions technology and a chassis structured to accommodate equipment mounting. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.