Friday, October 31, 2014

Obama & the BEAST.


The "Beast"

When it comes to protective vehicles there is reportedly nothing more enduring then President Obama's wheels.

The most recent vehicle to be customised as the presidential car is a Chevrolet Kodiak-based, Cadillac-badged limousine often referred to as Cadillac One. (A reference to the presidential aircraft - Air Force One)

It's armour plating is said to be 8+ inches thick with it's doors weighing as much as those on a Boeing 757. The windows are a staggering 5 inches think, enough to repel some seriously heavy gunfire. The tyres are Kevlar reinforced run flats. Pop the boot and you will find firefighting equipment, oxygen tanks and even a cache of the Presidents bloody type - for transfusions on the run.
When you're as influential and powerful as the President of the United States, a vehicle this excessive is justified.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trucking Into 2025

Is this the future of trucking? Late last month Mercedes-Benz released their vision for trucking in 2025. 

Dubbed the "Future Truck 2025" - this concept was showcased at the International Commercial Vehicles Show in Germany. It's high tech and it's sleek. The LED lighting seen in the grill illuminates white when the truck is underway but will then turn blue when the truck is in autopilot.

That's the distinguishing feature - An array of radar sensors (in addition to the latest blind-spot system) scan the road and traffic around the truck to move down the highway free and easy and clear of other vehicles.

This technology is not that far away, so, by the time 2025 rolls around, this tech should have had the kinks worked out. With an interior as groovy as this, and the ability to go autopilot, we predict many folks will be putting up their hands to jump into the trucking industry.